Vegan joke, Piers Morgan Uncensored: Boy, 10, who told viral gag on Today Show says he meant no offence – as he now sets his sights on a new career
A cheeky 10-year-old Australian boy whose impromptu joke about vegans went viral worldwide says he meant no offence.
Having delivered the joke on Australian breakfast TV on Tuesday, young Byron Kirk has now been sought by media worldwide, including a pre-recorded interview for Piers Morgan Uncensored.
He told Daily Mail Australia his chat with the polarising British presenter went well, as they shared the view that anyone who was offended ‘needs to learn to laugh’.
‘Mum kept telling me he’s a really really big person,’ Byron said.
‘He didn’t ask me any hard questions but we were on the same page.’
Byron, who lives in the mining town of Mount Isa in outback Queensland, said he’s now considering a career in comedy after receiving so much global attention, but admitted he didn’t make the joke up – ‘I just heard it somewhere’.
Byron has won over British broadcaster Piers Morgan who dubbed the youngster ‘a star’
Byron’s mum Melissa agreed with Piers Morgan that her boy is ‘destined for stardom’.
‘People we don’t know started mentioning it to him and have been coming up asking for a photo,’ she said.
The joke first aired on the Today show as Byron was talking about his experience of competing in the 2023 Youth Bull Riders World Finals in Texas.
Having discussed the rodeo, Byron thought he would chime in with a joke.
‘A vegan and a vegetarian are jumping off a cliff to see who will hit the bottom first. Who wins?’ he asked hosts Karl Stefanovic and Sarah Abo.
‘I don’t know,’ Stefanovic said. ‘Who wins?’ asked Abo.
The boy didn’t miss a beat as he replied: ‘Society!’
The punchline had the hosts in stitches, and after being posted to the Today show’s TikTok account it had soon drawn millions of views from across the globe.
Although the 10-year-old does not have a TikTok account, or any social media, to gauge the extent of his fame, he’s enjoying the spotlight.
‘I want my name to keep spreading and people to keep getting to know me,’ he said.
‘Meeting a lot of people that know who I am and I don’t know them has been cool.’
Immediately after going on TikTok, the clip exploded with Americans remarking that such a moment could never happen on straight-laced US TV.
American commentator Benny Johnson called it ‘the single greatest moment in television history’.
The joke first aired on the Today Show, where Byron appeared to share his incredible experience competing in the 2023 Youth Bull Riders World Finals in the US state of Texas
Karl and co-host and Sarah Abo were caught off guard by their young guest
One U.S. viewer commented: ‘That kid’s got more wit and humor than a lot of comedians today.’
Another added: ‘The male host’s reaction was so genuine. I have tears in my eyes.’
‘I’m not even this kid’s dad, and he still made me proud!’ a third wrote, while a fourth remarked: ‘That kid just won the internet.’
Even some vegans and vegetarians were even forced to admit that, despite being the butt of the joke, the young man’s comic timing was exemplary.
‘As a vegetarian, I laughed my arse off,’ one wrote.