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John Humphrys slammed for not taking domestic violence seriously

BBC’s John Humphrys is slammed for not taking domestic violence seriously after joking with David Davis about Russian dancer who punched his wife

  • John Humphrys, 76, laughed with the Tory MP guest over a headline about the dancer who was disqualified from a competition
  • The exchange was criticised by both listeners and Humphrys’ BBC colleagues 
  • This is the latest controversy over comments made by the veteran broadcaster 

John Humphrys was accused of trivialising domestic violence yesterday after cracking a joke about a Russian dancer who punched his wife.

Talking to Tory MP David Davis on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he laughed at a headline about the dancer, who was disqualified from a competition after the punch. 

Mr Davis, 70, then replied: ‘I guess this is our last tango,’ in a reference to Humphrys impending retirement as a Today presenter after 32 years.

John Humphrys was accused of trivialising domestic violence yesterday after cracking a joke about a Russian dancer who punched his wife

Tory MP David Davis, 70, joined the host on Radio 4’s Today programme

Tory MP David Davis, 70, joined the host on Radio 4’s Today programme

Still laughing, Humphrys, 76, said: ‘It is indeed. 

‘But I promise not to punch you if you don’t punch me.’ 

The exchange was immediately criticised by listeners and some of Humphrys’ BBC colleagues.

Radio 4 host Jane Garvey said she had ‘no words’ about the comments and Sky presenter Kay Burley said: ‘Domestic violence is not a laughing matter.’

Sandra Horley, of charity Refuge, added: ‘Domestic abuse is never a joke, is never acceptable, and should never be normalised.’

This is the latest in a string of controversies over comments by the veteran broadcaster, who last week was called sexist for saying women are better at caring for babies than men.

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