COMEDIAN Lee Hurst has been suspended from Twitter after tweeting that Professor Chris Whitty being grabbed in a park was “not enough”.
The stand-up, one of the stars of hit BBC panel show They Think It’s All Over in the late 90s, was widely criticised for the post.
The 57-year-old tweeted after Professor Whitty, one of the leading figures in Britain’s coronavirus response, was put in a headlock in a London park.
A group of yobs filmed themselves grabbing and pushing the top scientist as he struggled to get away.
Prime minister Boris Johnson called the attack “despicable” saying: “I condemn the behaviour of these thugs.”
However Hurst, who called himself a “proud Covidiot” on his Twitter page, wrote: “Whatever has happened to Chris Whitty is not enough.”
He later wrote: “I’m not putting any caveats into the Chris Whitty story. Fk him and his #FullPay, care home murdering scummy pals.”
Hurst added: “If there was no video footage of Chris Whitty we would have been told he was beaten up.”
Today, the comedian’s Twitter account, which had 14,000 followers, was showing as suspended, with his picture and tweets removed from view.
A small notice said: “Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules.”
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Many of the comedian’s critics were delighted with one writing: “Well it’s taken a long time, but I’m finally laughing at Lee Hurst.”
Another poked fun at the name of his old show writing: “They think Lee Hurst is all over… it is now!”