Channel 4 News‘ Jon Snow drew criticism on Twitter last night when he cracked a questionable joke during an interview about the late Alan Rickman.
Snow was speaking to One Foot In The Grave actor Richard Wilson, who worked with Rickman in the theatre, when he took the opportunity to reference the catchphrase of Wilson’s famous sitcom character, Victor Meldrew.
“Did you know [Alan Rickman] was dying?” Snow asked Wilson, to which the Victor Meldrew actor replied: “I did.” Snow then quipped: “So it wasn’t a case of ‘I don’t believe it’ then?”
Although Wilson took the wisecrack in good humour and continued with the interview, some viewers felt Snow had made an error of judgement. See a selection of their tweets below.
Did Jon Snow really say that to Richard Wilson – in relation to Alan Rickman's cancer? #channel4news
— Saint Vespaluus (@Saint_Vespaluus) January 14, 2016
@MxJackMonroe Did you get to see his tribute to Alan Rickman? Was lovely, although Jon Snow shoehorning "I don't believe it" in was misudged
— Demotivatrix (@Demotivatrix) January 14, 2016
Watch Jon Snow interviewing Richard Wilson about the late Alan Rickman below. He makes his “I don’t believe it!” joke at 2 mins 20 secs into the interview.
Rickman, best known for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard, passed away on Thursday (January 14) in London.
His death was confirmed by his family. A family statement said: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”
Following the sad news, the likes of JK Rowling, Stephen Fry and more paid tribute to Rickman.
Over the course of his 30-plus year career, Rickman had won a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.