'Celebrity Juice' Airs Ill-Timed Jokes About Morgan Freeman Hours After Harassment Allegations
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We're all well aware of the dangers of live TV, who can forget the amazing moment an expert speaking to the BBC was interrupted by his adorable little girl? However, there's also a danger with pre-recorded TV as we found with last night's Celebrity Juice.
The show, which was recorded last week, included a joke about Morgan Freeman and was aired on the same day that several women came forward to make accusations of sexual harrasment against the actor.
In a segment of the show which saw contestants attempt to make as many celebrity rhymes as possible - for example 'Mr Bean getting clean' - Joel Dommett, completely unaware about the allegations which would be made against the actor in just a few days time, piped up to say: "Morgan Freeman taking semen."
The joke got a groan from the audience, but was obviously made long before CNN's report was released, which detailed the claims.
In total, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman's 'inappropriate behaviour'. Eight women claimed the 80-year-old actor had harrassed them, the other eight reported witnessing such behaviour.
One woman told the news outlet he would rest his hand on her back, before one day attempting to lift her skirt and asking her if she was wearing underwear.
Another woman said her and other females who worked with Freeman knew 'not to wear any top that would show our breasts' or to wear anything fitted.
She went on to say that Freeman 'sexually harassed her and her female assistant on numerous occasions by making comments about their bodies'.
The US broadcaster adds that 'multiple people' told them Revelations Entertainment, the production company owned by Freenman had an 'environment' that included 'allegations of harassment or inappropriate behaviour by Freeman'.
In response to the claims, Freeman told Sky News: "Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy.
"I apologise to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected - that was never my intent."