Brendan O’Carroll is accused of making an ‘incredibly racist’ joke about American actor Tyler Perry
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 have slammed the Irish comedian for joking about his black co-star’s ‘colour’ when they appeared together to promote new Netflix film A Madea Homecoming.
The couple, promoting the Mrs Brown’s Boy and Madea crossover film, appeared side by side in a video call on the show, which aired at 7pm last night.
But while some viewers were angered by the remark, others criticized BBC presenters Lauren Laverne and Harry Judd for not covering up the insult.
It comes as Mrs Brown’s Boys would return to society 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 color there so I don’t know if we could get him.
“But you know what, I would love that, but I think more importantly, I would love to do another movie with him.”
Perry, 52, awkwardly laughed at the remark but replied, “No one my color.” He added: “It’s time to change the world. Diversity rules, let’s go.
O’Carroll appears in the latest film – written and directed by Perry – playing her character Agnes Brown.
In a trailer for the film, Ms. Brown greets Madea by crossing her arms and saying “Wakanda forever,” in reference to the Black Panther symbol.
Another clip shows the actor having dinner with Perry’s character, where she says, “I’m Mrs. Brown,” with one of the co-stars responding, “I’m a brunette, too.”
Mrs. Brown begins to respond “you’re more bla…” but is interrupted 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 Perry’s dig, saying: ‘O’Carroll’s attempt to be funny to @tylerperry on BBC One Show tonight was quite embarrassing.’
He added: “I’m sure there was no malice involved, but that comment was wrong on so many levels.”
Another wrote on Twitter: ‘Brendan Carol just made a racist remark on a show and not a single person called him out. Shame on you BBC #TheOneShow.’
One person said: “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 don’t you show the clip of the incredibly racist remark Brendan O’Carroll made immediately after that quote?
Another responded to the BBC by sharing an excerpt from the show on Twitter: “Ah yes, before the racist remark.”
Social media users blasted him for digging Perry, saying: ‘O’Carroll’s attempt to be funny to @tylerperry on BBC One Show tonight was quite embarrassing’
One woman said: “What did I just hear from Brendan O’Carroll?” Another added: “Did Brendan O’Carroll just say that?”
One of them said, ‘Excuse me!? Did I…did I just hear what I thought I heard on Brendan O’Carroll’s #TheOneShow.
“Either I misunderstood or it was blatant racism on a @BBCOne primetime show #wtf.”
One man posted: ‘Anything about Brendan Carroll / Mrs. Brown is absolutely no on my part.
“And I can’t believe what he just said about Tyler Perry on his show. What ignorance.
And one person added, “You’ve definitely heard Brendan on #TheOneShow, what was that?” The BBC has been approached for comment.
O’Carroll’s agent declined to comment while the BBC and Perry press crews were approached.
The 66-year-old pointed to his face and said: ‘So far we haven’t had anyone of his color there so I don’t know if we could get him’
Ms Brown’s Boys has previously been accused of promoting racist stereotypes for its cliched depiction of Irish people, as well as sexism and homophobia.
It was often panned by critics, but was a hit in Ireland, Britain, New Zealand and Canada. He was also recently revealed as a fan favorite in Jamaica.
O’Carroll previously insisted the show would 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 wonder if Mrs Brown – me a man who dresses up as a woman to play Mrs Brown – is the same as blackface?
“And I’ve decided no, I’m not, because I’ve never played Mrs. Brown as a man playing a woman like they do in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire. Agnès 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 enough audiences agree with you.”
The show would return to the BBC as a full series for the first time in nine years, having last aired in full in 2013.
According to The Sun, the cast has now been booked for another series and is set to begin filming in April.
A source said: “Everyone is very excited. It’s nice to be working on another show. The cast can’t wait to see Brendan’s scripts.
The show debuted in 2011 and quickly became a ratings hit, with previous specials reaching 11 million viewers.
Another insider said: “It’s something everyone wants to happen, and we’re working out the schedule for 2022/23.”
It was previously reported in 2020 that the show’s creator, Brendan, had signed a new contract with the broadcaster to keep Mrs. Brown’s Boys on the air until 2026.
Mrs. Brown’s Boys would return to the BBC as a full series for the first time in nine years
The show starring Brendan O’Carroll as Irish mum Agnes Brown last aired as a series in 2013 and has since aired several specials.
He added that the new contract ensures that every festive edition he creates will receive a coveted 10 p.m. slot each Christmas Day.
If they don’t get the spot, they wouldn’t have to do the Christmas episode at all.
O’Carroll told the Irish Sun: ‘We’ve been doing it for nine years already – six more than the Royle family and more than Morecambe and Wise.
“This new deal that we signed last week runs until 2026, which means I will be able to move into the role, and we have a clause in which Ms. Brown airs at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, otherwise we won’t ‘no need to do it.’
He added of the deal, “I wanted it because if it’s not good enough for Christmas Day, we shouldn’t be doing it.”
The show received numerous 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 Program in 2012, but lost to Darren Boyd for his role in the comedy series Sky 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 over-the-top ebony while avoiding political correctness.
Spike Lee previously called the films racially stereotypical and demeaning “coonery and buffoonery”.
Writer Donald Bogle said, “If a white director released this product, black audiences would be appalled.”
Despite criticism aimed at both Mrs Brown’s Boy and Madea, the shows remained popular.
The crossover film of the two series, A Madea Homecoming, is set to hit Netflix on February 25.