Brendan O’Carroll has been accused of making an “obviously racist” joke about his black co-star Tyler Perry.
The Irish star, 66, appeared on Tuesday’s episode of The One Show alongside Tyler, 52, to promote their new Netflix comedy A Madea Homecoming.
Yet the conversation quickly turned Brendan’s hit TSWT One show, Mrs Brown’s Boys, as he was asked if he would accept Tyler as a guest.
Brendan joked, “He’s very expensive, and so far we haven’t had anyone his color in there,” while pointing to his own face.
‘Blatant racism on prime-time television’: Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll (right) has been slammed for an ‘ignorant’ joke about Tyler Perry in the episode of Tuesday from The One Show
He continued, “So, I don’t know if we could have him but…I would love that, but more importantly, I would love to do another movie with him.”
Laughing, Tyler then repeated, “Nobody my color,” before adding, “Diversity reigns!”
While Tyler laughed off the joke, viewers were shocked by the remarks, taking to Twitter to condemn Brendan while also calling out the TSWT for not issuing an on-air apology.
Viewers wrote: ‘Wow what did he just say??? Will they apologize? ; “Mrs. Brown’s Boys, About 50 Years Late”; ‘It’s a shame that O’Carroll didn’t stay in the USA!’; “Did Brendan say what I thought he said?”
‘Ah yes, before the racist remark’; ‘Brendan O’Carroll’s attempt to be funny to @tylerperry on TSWT One Show tonight was quite embarrassing, I’m sure no meanness was intended but that comment was wrong on so many levels’;
‘So embarrassing’; “I really don’t understand how #MrsBrownsBoys is even a thing. Interview on #TheOneShow and make a joke about “someone his color”. Offensive at best TSWT!”;
Quip: The Irish star, 66, appeared on Tuesday’s episode of The One Show alongside Tyler, 52, to promote their new Netflix comedy A Madea Homecoming
Shocked: While Tyler laughed at the joke, viewers were shocked by the remarks, taking to Twitter to condemn Brendan while also calling out the TSWT for not apologizing
“Omg, did Brendan make a racist remark on bbc1 and no one called him on it #theoneshow”; ‘Um…a little uncomfortable from Mrs. Brown’s guy over there…#TheOneShow’; ‘#TheOneShow thinks you just did the world a favor. There’s no way the TSWT can continue to show Mrs Browns Boys after this attempt at humor by @brendan
‘Wow that was awkward on #TheOneShow is he saying Irish families don’t welcome black people into their homes or a TV show with Irish people?’; ‘#TheOneShow Brendan is about to be cancelled’; ‘#TheOneShow is a joke, and made even worse with this vastly overrated Mrs Brown character trying to be funny.
‘Excuse me!? Did I…did I just hear what I thought I heard on Brendan O’Carroll’s #TheOneShow, either I misunderstood or was it blatant racism on a prime time @BBCOne show listen #wtf ‘;
“Did Brendan O’Carroll just say that?” #TheOneShow’; “Anything about Brendan Carroll/Ms. Brown is absolutely no on my part. And I can’t believe what he just said about Tyler Perry on his show. Such ignorance #TheOneShow.’
Brendan’s rep declined to comment when approached by TSWT.
Watch: Mrs Brown’s Boys follows loudmouthed Irish matriarch Agnes (Brendan) whose favorite pastime is meddling in the lives of her six children
Mrs Brown’s Boys follows loudmouth Irish matriarch Agnes (Brendan) whose favorite pastime is meddling in the lives of her six children.
The TSWT series has previously been accused of promoting racist stereotypes for its cliched depiction of Irish people, as well as sexism, for frequent gynecological jokes and homophobia for the cliched portrayal of Mrs Brown’s gay son, Rory (Rory Cowan).
Although universally panned by critics, the show was a ratings success in Ireland, Britain, New Zealand and Canada. He was also recently revealed as a fan favorite in Jamaica.
Brendan O’Carroll previously insisted the show would never be driven off the air by political correctness.
In an interview with The Irish Sun he said: “I don’t think Mrs Brown will be affected [by political correctness] and I often wonder if Mrs Brown – me a man who dresses up as a woman to play Mrs Brown – is the same as blackface?
“And I’ve decided no, I’m not, because I’ve never played Mrs. Brown as a man playing a woman like they do in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire. Agnès is a woman like Dame Edna.
“I would never go out of my way to be racist or homophobic, so I’m not that worried myself because I only write what I think is funny, and you hope enough audiences agree with you.”
Racist? Tyler has also been accused of perpetuating racist stereotypes with his alter ego, Madea who speaks in exaggerated Ebonics while avoiding political correctness.
Meanwhile, Tyler has also been accused of perpetuating racist stereotypes with his alter ego, Madea.
He performs in drag as Mabel ‘Madea’ Simmons and speaks in over-the-top ebony while avoiding political correctness.
Spike Lee previously called the films racially stereotypical and demeaning “coonery and buffoonery”.
Writer Donald Bogle noted, “If a white director released this product, black audiences would be appalled.”
Despite criticism aimed at both Mrs Brown’s Boy and Madea, the shows remained popular.
A movie crossover from both series, A Madea Homecoming, is set to hit Netflix on February 25.
Mash up: Despite criticism aimed at both Mrs Brown’s Boy and Madea, a crossover film of the two series, A Madea Homecoming, is set to hit Netflix on February 25