Jo Brand Praised For Taking All-Male 'Have I Got News For You' Panel To Task Over Sexual Harassment Jokes

Jo Brand has received widespread praise after taking last night’s Have I Got News For You guests to task over why sexual harassment should be taken seriously. 

The comedian offered a ringing rebuke following a series of jokes by the all-male panel over recent misconduct allegations within Parliament, with viewers accusing panelists of trying to “downplay” harassment. 

While Daily Mail columnist Quentin Letts called journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer a “big strong girl” following accusations that former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon repeatedly touched her knee at a dinner a number of years ago, Ian Hislop laughed over one allegation of a Tory MP taking his personal trainer to the cinema. 

“Some of this isn’t high-level crime, is it?” Hislop said. “Compared to say, Putin or Trump.”  

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