23/01/2012 11:43 GMT | Updated 24/03/2012 05:12 GMT

Ricky Gervais Show Cleared Over Use Of 'Mong' Word On Comedy Tour

Funnyman Ricky Gervais has been cleared of wrongdoing by broadcasting watchdogs in the UK over his use of the word "mong" in his comedy show.

The Office creator used the word - an old-fashioned term which is often associated with sufferers of Down Syndrome - during a routine about Susan Boyle during his Science stand-up tour.

When the show was broadcast on British TV last year, it sparked three complaints to the Ofcom regulatory panel - but bosses at the Channel 4 network have now been cleared of breaching broadcasting regulations.

In their ruling, Ofcom officials said the programme was shown after the U.K.'s 9pm watershed and that Gervais' routine discussing the nature of language justified his use of the word.