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Godfrey Bloom Was Just Awful On 'Have I Got News For You'

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Godfrey 'Bongo Bongo' Bloom made his debut on Have I Got News For You last night, and it was everything you'd hoped and feared, and more.

The MEP, who had the whip unceremoniously wrenched away by Ukip after he called a roomful of women 'sluts' and smacked Channel 4's Michael Crick over the head with a brochure, was paired with team captain Paul Merton, opposite Ian Hislop and columnist Victoria Coren.

"I very much look forward to regretting being on the show. As I have been booted out of Ukip in their purge against jokism, I am excited about being with professional jokists on the panel," Bloom said prior to the news quiz.

It was an opportunity to relive some of Bloom's most cringeworthy moments, including the photograph in his autobiography of Bloom pressing his face into a stripper's breasts at his stag do, which Victoria Coren quipped was "probably not the greatest moment of her life".

"She got paid 100 quid," Bloom retorted.

And host Alexander Armstrong played the footage of Bloom storming out of an interview with Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy, after he was quizzed on his remarks about sending aid money to 'Bongo Bongo' land.

Bloom, whom it appears is impossible to embarrass, clarified on last night's HIGNFY (as if we hadn't grasped), by 'Bongo Bongo' land, he had meant Africa.

He then questioned why Guru-Murthy, mishearing his last name as 'Murphy', had an Irish name. To stilted laughter from the other panellists, Coren once again took up the charge. "I can't let that slide," she said. "Why on earth shouldn't he have an Irish name?"

An awkward pause ensued. "He's got a Welsh accent," Bloom said.

Guru-Murthy responded on Twitter this morning