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Thursday, 26 October, 2000, 00:27 GMT 01:27 UK
Ross rapped by watchdog
George Clooney with Jonathan Ross
George Clooney with Ross, who also presents Film 2000
Broadcaster Jonathan Ross has been criticised by a broadcasting watchdog after upsetting listeners with his on-air comments.

He has already been told off by BBC governors for the same remarks, about stroke patients, and another about Romanian orphans.

Complaints about one of his guest stars, Simon Le Bon, of Duran Duran, were also upheld by the Broadcasting Standards Commission (BSC).

The BSC, whose chairman Lord Holme resigned on Sunday after reports about his private life, felt comments during two shows went "beyond acceptable boundaries".


The figure he cut while trying to dance with his jeans around his ankles was hardly erotic

BSC, of Robbie Williams
Ross, who also presents the BBC's Film 2000, was criticised for poking fun at stroke sufferers during his show on 20 May.

A month later on 24 June listeners complained about comments he made on the deaths of asylum seekers, although he apologised later in the show.

Three listeners complained about a remark made by Le Bon on the same show, talking about his visit to the mansion of Playboy boss Hugh Hefner.

The BSC agreed it was inappropriate for a morning programme.

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams: "Farcical" Top of the Pops performance
However a Top of the Pops appearance by singer Robbie Williams was cleared, despite complaints from 12 viewers who thought it too raunchy.

During the show in August the star dropped his trousers as he performed his single Rock DJ.

"His performance was comic; the figure he cut while trying to dance with his jeans around his ankles was hardly erotic," the BBC said.

"The performance had been more farcical than real," decided the BSC.

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