Frankie Boyle's Channel 4 TV show, Tramadol Nights is proving to be too controversial for some advertisers, who have decided to officially block their ads from being aired before, during and after the programme.
Companies such as Nestle and L'Oreal have taken the step in order that their products not be identified with the potty mouthed joker, who has recently caused a storm of controversy over gags about Katie Price's disabled son, dead British soldiers, burkas, Pa*is, Ni**ers, and whoever else he could offend, off the top of his head.
Skoob Entertainment News have watched tapes of Tramadol Nights, and found that the studio audience, rather than laughing along with the furry football headed comic, appeared to be squirming with embarrassment, and what laughs were generated appeared to be of a nervous, guilty nature.
C4 bosses have defended their product, declaring that Boyle is being satirical, and does not set out to cause offence, a statement which SEN's Buffty Ginslinger finds laughable.
Buffty told us that in his opinion, Boyle knows exactly what he's doing, and that the intent is clearly to cause maximum shock, outrage, and offence to the moral majority. Furthermore, the inordinate amount of publicity generated by what amounts to basically a series of cheap shots at relatively soft targets will ensure that sales of Frankie Boyle DVD's will hit record peaks this festive season.
The gag which sparked the current furore, was the one about Jordan marrying a cage fighter because she needed somebody strong enough to "stop Harvey from trying to fuck her,"
So for Frankie Boyle, it's clearly a case of 'mission accomplished,' a nice little yuletide earner, a guaranteed sell out tour in 2011, and myriad talk show appearances.
It isn't really important that the backers are withdrawing their funding of the show, and the only downside to the whole issue is that Frankie Boyle will have to watch his back when he ventures out of the house.
More as we get it.