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Comic Relief apologises for Frankie Boyle performance

Comic Relief has apologised to its supporters after Frankie Boyle caused controversy at a charity gig with a string of gags about the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Comedian Frankie Boyle. Credit: Press Association.

The comic was reported to have been booed by the audience at the Give It Up for Comic Relief concert at Wembley Arena after launching into a routine which included jokes about the Queen's recent illness, the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy and the Jimmy Savile sex scandal.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: "The Give it Up for Comic Relief gig included a range of comedians and performers who all gave their time for free to raise awareness and money for a serious issue.

"We appreciate that not all the personalities who take part in our campaign are to everyone's taste, and hope that our supporters haven't been offended and continue to support Red Nose Day."


Comic announces Guantanamo Brit is suing MI5 and MI6

Frankie Boyle has tweeted that Mr Aamer is "just trying to get home". Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Comedian Frankie Boyle has today announced a defamation suit against MI5 and MI6 on behalf of Shaker Aamer, the last remaining British resident held in Guantanamo Bay.

Boyle joined legal action charity Reprieve in London this morning to confirm the launch of the captive's legal action.

Mr Aamer, who was rendered to Guantanamo in 2002, alleges that the intelligence agencies have told lies about him, claiming he holds links with al Qaeda, which prevent his release despite politicians in both the UK and US requesting he be freed.

Ahead of the announcement Boyle tweeted: "Shaker Aamer, with a British family and a kid he's never seen, (is) just trying to get home."

Shaker Aamer's wife and four children live in south London. Credit: Michael Stephens/PA Archive

Frankie Boyle 'very happy' with libel victory

Comedian Frankie Boyle said he was "very happy" after winning a libel case against the Daily Mirror.

Frankie Boyle leaves the High Court after winning more than £54,000 in damages Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Mr Boyle was awarded more than £54,000 in damages by a High Court jury after he claimed the newspaper had defamed him by describing him as "racist".

Frankie Boyle tweeted afterwards that he will give the damages to charity. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Mr Boyle tweeted after the verdict that he had brought the action as "racism is still a very serious problem in society", which is why he has "made a point of being anti-racist" in both his life and his work.

Frankie Boyle giving Daily Mirror damages to charity

Comedian Frankie Boyle wins libel damages

Comedian Frankie Boyle has won more than £50,000 in damages today after a High Court jury concluded that he had been libelled by the Daily Mirror.

The 40-year-old from Glasgow, claimed the Daily Mirror defamed him by describing him as racist.Daily Mirror publisher Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) defended the article, published on July 19 2011.

MGN said the "racist" description was either true or "honest comment on a matter of public interest". Jurors ruled today in favour of Mr Boyle.

They have yet to reach a verdict on a second issue - relating to a Daily Mirror report that Mr Boyle had been "forced to quit" BBC panel show Mock The Week.


Comedian says racism 'at the heart' of Government policy

Comedian Frankie Boyle told the High Court today that racism is "at the heart" of British Government policy. He said the racist views of some people in power "trickle" through society.

Comedian Frankie Boyle Credit: Press Association

He was giving evidence after complaining the Daily Mirror libelled him by describing him as "Racist comedian Frankie Boyle". He said it was "important" to highlight the issue by mocking the attitudes of racists he "despised" in comedy routines.

Boyle said: "I think you have a lot of rich and Conservative people who control our country who are racist and their views trickle down through things like tabloid papers. I think there is racism at the heart of British policy and has been both in Labour and Conservative times."

Boyle: Paralympic jokes are 'non-discriminatory and pretty funny'

In response to criticism of his earlier defence of his controversial Paralympic jokes, comedian Frankie Boyle has tweeted:

Boyle defends controversial Paralympic jokes as "his job"

The comedian Frankie Boyle has tweeted in response to criticism about controversial comments he made on Twitter about Paralympians during Wednesday's Opening Ceremony:

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