Channel 4 News apologises for airing Good Morning, Vietnam clip in which Robin Williams sings, 'Why don't they get a rope and hang me?'
The scene was broadcast during a news bulletin about the actor's suicide
The Tuesday evening broadcast showed viewers a scene from the 1987 comedy, in which Williams’ extroverted radio DJ sings, “Why don’t they get a rope and hang me?”
The Hollywood actor was found hanged on Monday aged 63, a coroner confirmed.
Later editions of Channel 4 News were edited, while a spokesperson commented on Twitter:
“We’d like to apologise for including what was an inappropriate line from Good Morning, Vietnam in our play-out from tonight’s programme.
“There was no offence intended in what was meant to be a heartfelt tribute to Robin Williams.”
But people had noticed the bad taste tribute and took to social media in their masses.
Of all the scenes Robin Williams was in, in all the films, Channel 4 managed to pick "Why don't they get a rope and hang me?" line from GMV.— Matt. (@likeavillasboas) August 13, 2014
Channel 4 news acting like they didnt know exactly wot they wer doin with that robin Williams quote. Lol. Arseholes— Paul McClure (@chiefmackers) August 12, 2014
"Everyone is here to take a picture with the Robin Williams photo that hangs in the window." Too soon, channel 4 news— Nina (@ninasometimes) August 12, 2014
@Channel4News thought that was a 'faut pas', but also knew it wasn't intentional. Robin would have smiled!— Jean Sullivan (@jsullivan21) August 12, 2014
@Channel4News must admit I thought it was odd but clearly not intentional. It was one of his great performances— Hayley Green (@Hayleyjgreen1) August 12, 2014
Tributes from around the world have flooded in following news of Williams’ death. High-profile figures, including Barack Obama and many of the actor’s co-stars from his decades long career, have all expressed their sadness and regret.
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