Channel 4 News issues Robin Williams ‘hang me’ gaffe apology

By John Glenday | Reporter

August 13, 2014 | 2 min read

Channel 4 News has apologised to viewers after screening a tribute to the late actor Robin Williams which included a clip of the actor saying ‘Why don’t they get a rope and hang me’ in Good Morning Vietnam.

The unfortunate gaffe came a day after the comedian’s suicide, with the probable cause of death likely to be from asphyxiation. The choice of clip was poorly received by those who saw it with reactions ranging from ‘a bit tasteless’ to ‘slightly unfortunate’.

In response to the criticism Channel 4 responded with an apology, saying: “We'd like to apologise for including what was an inappropriate line from Good Morning Vietnam in our play-out from tonight's programme. There was no offence intended in what was meant to be a heartfelt tribute to Robin Williams."

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