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Mrs Brown’s Boys’ star Brendan O’Carroll has been accused of making an ‘incredibly racist remark’ about US actor Tyler Perry during a live chat on The One Show.
BBC viewers blasted the Irish comedian for joking about his black co-star’s ‘colour’ when they appeared together to promote new Netflix movie A Madea Homecoming.
The pair, promoting the crossover film of Mrs Brown’s Boy and Madea, appeared side by side in a video call into the show, which aired at 7pm last night.
But while some viewers were angered by the remark, others hit out at BBC presenters Lauren Laverne and Harry Judd for not stamping out the slur.
O’Carroll declined to comment when asked by MailOnline, while the BBC and Perry’s press teams have been approached.
It comes as Mrs Brown’s Boys is reportedly returning to the Corporation as a full series for the first time in nine years.
O’Carroll, appearing with Perry via video-link, was asked if he thought his fellow guest could feature in Mrs Brown’s Boys.
The 66-year-old pointed to his face and said: ‘So far we haven’t had anyone of his colour in there so I don’t know if we could have him in.
‘But you know what, I’d love that, but I think more importantly I’d love to do another movie with him.’
Perry, 52, awkwardly laughed off the remark but said it back to him: ‘Nobody my colour.’ He added: ‘Time to change the world. Diversity rules, here we go.
O’Carroll pops up in the latest movie – written and directed by Perry – playing his character Agnes Brown.
In a trailer for the film, Mrs Brown greets Madea by crossing her arms and saying ‘Wakanda forever’, in reference to the Black Panther symbol.
Another clip shows the actor at dinner with Perry’s character, where she says ‘I’m Mrs Brown’, with one of the costars replying: ‘I’m a brown too.’
Mrs Brown starts to reply ‘you’re more bla…’ but is cut off by her on-screen daughter slapping her.
O’Carroll, appearing with Perry via video-link, was asked if he thought his fellow guest could feature in Mrs Brown’s Boys
Social media users blasted him for the dig at Perry, saying: ‘O’Carroll’s attempt at being funny towards @tylerperry on BBC One Show tonight was quite embarrassing.’
He added: ‘I’m sure no malice was meant but that comment was wrong on so many levels.’
Another wrote on Twitter: ‘Brendan Carol just made a racist remark on the one show and not one person called him out. Shame on you BBC #TheOneShow.’
One person put: ‘Did Brendan O’Carroll just say Tyler a Perry couldn’t be in Mrs Brown’s Boys because he’s black on The One Show!?’
One man said: ‘Hey, BBC, why aren’t you showing the clip of the incredibly racist remark Brendan O’Carroll made immediately after this quote?’
Another replied to the BBC sharing a clip from the show on Twitter: ‘Ah yes, before the racist remark.’
Social media users blasted him for dig at Perry, saying: ‘O’Carroll’s attempt at being funny towards @tylerperry on BBC One Show tonight was quite embarrassing’
A woman put: ‘What did I just hear from Brendan O’Carroll?’ Another added: ‘Did Brendan O’Carroll just say that?’
One said: ‘Excuse me!? Did I… did I just hear what I thought I heard on the #TheOneShow from Brendan O’Carroll.
‘Either I misunderstood or was that blatant racism on a prime time @BBCOne show #wtf.’
A man posted: ‘Anything with Brendan Carroll/Mrs Brown in is an absolutely no from me.
‘And I can’t believe what he just said about Tyler Perry being on his show. Such ignorance.’
And one person added: ‘You definitely heard Brendan right on #TheOneShow what the actual f*** was that?’ The BBC has been approached for comment.
O’Carroll’s agent declined to comment while the BBC and Perry’s press teams have been approached.
The 66-year-old pointed to his face and said: ‘So far we haven’t had anyone of his colour in there so I don’t know if we could have him in’
Mrs Brown’s Boys has previously been accused of promoting racist stereotypes for its cliched portrayal of the Irish, as well as sexism and and homophobia.
It has frequently been panned by critics but is a ratings hit in Ireland, Britain, New Zealand, and Canada. It was also recently revealed as a fan-favourite in Jamaica.
O’Carroll previously insisted the show will never be driven off the air by political correctness.
In an interview with The Irish Sun he said: ‘I don’t think Mrs Brown will be affected [by political correctness] and I often question myself is Mrs Brown – me a man dressing up as a woman to play Mrs Brown – the same as blackface?
‘And I decided no it’s not, because I’ve never played Mrs Brown as a man playing a woman like they do in films like Mrs Doubtfire. Agnes is a woman like Dame Edna.
‘I would never go out of my way to be racist or homophobic so I’m not that worried myself because I only write what I think is funny, and you hope that enough of an audience agrees with you.’
The show is reportedly returning to the BBC as a full series for the first time in nine years, having last aired fully in 2013.
According to The Sun, the cast have now been booked for another series and are due to start filming in April.
A source said: ‘Everyone is very excited. It’s lovely to be working on another series. The cast can’t wait to see Brendan’s scripts.’
The show first debuted in 2011 and quickly became a ratings success, with previous specials reaching 11million viewers.
Another insider said: ‘This is something that everyone wants to happen, and we are working out the schedule for 2022/23’.
It was previously reported in 2020 that show creator Brendan signed a new deal with the broadcaster to keep Mrs. Brown’s Boys on the air until 2026.
Mrs Brown’s Boys is reportedly returning to the BBC as a full series for the first time in nine years
The show starring Brendan O’Carroll as Irish mammy Agnes Brown last aired as a series back in 2013 and has since aired several specials
He added the new contract guarantees that every festive edition he creates will be given a coveted slot of 10pm every Christmas Day.
If they are not given the spot, they are reportedly not obliged to make the Christmas episode at all.
O’Carroll told the Irish Sun: ‘We’ve been doing it for nine years already – which is six more than The Royle Family had and more than Morecambe and Wise.
‘This new deal we signed last week goes all the way to 2026, which means I will be able to grow into the part, and we’ve a clause in which guarantees Mrs Brown is aired at 10pm on Christmas night, or else we don’t have to make it.’
He added of the deal: ‘I wanted that because if it’s not good enough for Christmas Day, then we shouldn’t be making it.’
The show has received a number of awards including the 2012 BAFTA Television Award for Best Situation Comedy and Best Comedy at the TV Choice Awards the same year.
O’Carroll was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme in 2012 but lost to Darren Boyd for his role in the Sky comedy series Spy.
Meanwhile Perry has also been accused of perpetuating racist stereotypes with his alter ego Madea.
He performs in drag as Mabel ‘Madea’ Simmons and speaks in exaggerated Ebonics while shunning political correctness.
Spike Lee previously dismissed the films as humiliating, racially stereotyping ‘coonery and buffoonery’.
Writer Donald Bogle said: ‘If a white director put out this product, the black audience would be appalled.’
Despite the criticism aimed at both Mrs Brown’s Boy and Madea, the shows have remained popular.
The movie crossover of the two series, A Madea Homecoming, is set for release on Netflix on February 25.