“My relationship with Corbyn is like Bob Dylan, in that I only hate him so much because of his fans,” Fin said, going on to refer to certain Corbyn supporters as “fanatics”.
He added: “All you’ve got to do is, next year, bomb Glastonbury. Hopefully Dylan’s headlining. Two birds, one stone.”
The BBC has since revealed that their Executive Complaints Unit has received multiple complaints from viewers “who felt that a guest’s comment about bombing Glastonbury to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn supporters was inappropriate, and could incite violence”.
In response to these complaints, they said: “After more than 30 years on air, Have I Got News For You is a well-established comedy series that has built a reputation for irreverent humour and satire.
“Regular viewers expect the panellists to make jokes and understand that contributions are intended to be funny and amusing, and this edition was no exception.
“It was clear that comedian Fin Taylor was talking about an utterly absurd scenario, in which he compared Jeremy Corbyn to Bob Dylan, and was in no way whatsoever to be taken seriously.”
“We don’t consider that this story received disproportionate coverage on the programme,” they said.
“It was certainly one of the biggest news stories of the week, and it was appropriate for it to be the focus of this episode as it reflected what much of the nation had been discussing and debating. The jokes and asides were intended to be funny and not expressions of fact.”