James Corden has issued a public apology after he was slammed for making jokes about the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
The comedian took to the stage to host the AmfAR Gala in Los Angeles over the weekend and made several gags about the shamed film producer to an audience packed full of A List stars.
While his monologue was met with cheers as well as groans on the night, James was widely slammed by his critics when the footage went viral, including alleged victim Rose McGowan who labelled him a ‘piglet.’
James has now taken to Twitter to apologise for causing offence.
He wrote: “To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention.”
Earlier in the day, Rose McGowan called James a ‘m*********ing piglet,’ for his choice of words.
The Charmed actress was just one one of the Hollywood actresses to claim she had been a victim of the shamed Hollywood film producer.
Rose was left furious when James joked about the allegations in his opening comedy monologue.
Taking to the stage to host the AmfAR Gala in Los Angeles, James said to the crowd: “This is a beautiful room, it’s a beautiful night here in L.A. It’s so beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage,” said James in his opening routine.
According to insiders there on the night, the material didn’t go down too well with the crowd.
But that didn’t stop Corden from continuing to make gags about the allegations against the movie mogul who has also been accused of rape by three women – claims that Weinstein “unequivocally denies”.
“It has been weird this week though, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath.
“Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight, but sadly he’ll settle for whatever potted plant is closest,” continued James.
According to Variety there were a few ‘uncomfortable chuckles’ in the room, that featured stars inclucing Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
When footage of the gags went viral on social media, Rose publicly voiced her outrage at the comedian.
“YOU M*********ING PIGLET,” she fired, sharing a video of the controversial material.
“Hearing the audience’s vile roars & laughs show EXACTLY what kind of HOLLYWOOD you really are,” Rose added.
The actress then suggested station CBS donate to the East Los Angeles Women’s Centre, that provides care for victims of sexual and domestic violence.
“James Corden is a close friend of HW’s” she claimed in a third Tweet.
The New York Times, in its expose on Weinstein last week, reported that Rose had reached a $100,000 settlement with the studio exec in 1997 after an encounter in a hotel room with him at the Sundance Film Festival.
The actress, 44, had also previously revealed that she had been raped at the hands of a powerful studio boss.
Along with the hashtags #RISE and #ROSEARMY, she wrote: “To all of us who have been hurt and silenced #RISE #ROSEARMY is here and our voices are mighty.”
A second tweet, written alongside an image of a female warrior, read: “It’s on.”
Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual sex. However, he admitted he has made “mistakes”.
In an interview given months before the Harvey Weinstein scandal Rose said there will be a “day of reckoning coming” for Hollywood.
Italian actress Asia Argento joined Rose’s protests against Corden’s jokes at Hollywood ceremony, tweeting: “Shame on this pig and everone who grunted with him.”
Although some fans of the former Gavin and Stacey actor took to social media to praise him for speaking out on the shamed producer.
“Love JKCorden for being the only late night host not afraid to make jokes and call him out unlike a lot of the hypocrites in Tinseltown,” said one Twitter user.
“BRAVO Corden and shame on Weinstein,” added another.