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Remember When Jimmy Carr Got Slaughtered For His Comments About Uber?

Remember When Jimmy Carr Got Slaughtered For His Comments About Uber?

He should've seen this coming

Usually, on 8 Out of 10 Cats, it's host Jimmy Carr who's dishing out the burns. He's famous for tearing strips off such comic luminaries as TOWIE celeb Amy Childs, as well as studiously avoiding discussions of his complex tax affairs.

With today's news that private hire transport service Uber has lost its licence to operate in London, however, it's worth taking reminding ourselves of a clip from earlier this year, in which the sardonic host received a roasting about his use of the taxi app. Let's take another look...

Credit: Channel 4

"I don't understand the airport run anymore. With the advent of Uber I don't understand why you've got to pick people up from the airport, but you do," said Jimmy back in May.

"Because some people pay tax and have to get trains," interjected comedian and I'm A Celebrity spin-off host Rob Beckett, to much hilarity.

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The clip has been viewed 1.3 million times, a number which is sure to go up in light of the recent decision regarding Uber in London. Transport for London (TfL) today revoked the private hire licence that it had issued to Uber, finding that the taxi app was not 'fit and proper' to be used by the public. TfL said that the 'public safety and security implications' of the taxi service made it unsuitable for a licence.

Uber, in return, released a statement, in which it claimed Transport for London had indicated that "far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies." Uber previously had an estimated 40,000 drivers in London, ferrying 3.5 million passengers. It had been controversial because of the extensive training required to become a licenced taxi driver in London, which few of its drivers possessed, and because of the lack of screening that its drivers undergo.

Sadiq Khan
Sadiq Khan

Credit: PA

London Mayor Sadiq Khan stood behind his transport authority, saying: "I fully support TfL's decision - it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety and security."

Taxi drivers have long protested against Uber and have been influential in getting the app banned. Uber have said that they will challenge the ruling in the courts.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: UK News, Jimmy Carr, TV and Film, Celebrity, Funny, UK Entertainment, Uber