Tim Minchin is Too Hot for TV
Official Friend of Skepchick Tim Minchin wrote an awesome Christmastime song for Jonathan Ross, the late-night host who is to the UK what Johnny Carson was to the US (but younger). The song is called Woody Allen Jesus, and it’s a fairly gentle satirical take on what kind of guy Jesus would have been, if he had been.
“Jesus can communicate with the deceased, like Psychic Sally.”
It went really well right up until the point that ITV’s director of television Peter Fincham freaked out and demanded that Tim be edited out of the show. According to Tim, Fincham did this “because he’s scared of the ranty, shit-stirring, right-wing press, and of the small minority of Brits who believe they have a right to go through life protected from anything that challenges them in any way.”
Luckily, we live in the Age of Internetz and Tim got his hands on the footage so you can see it! It’s hilarious. Take a look and give him a thumbs up:
‘It’s not unusual for there to be changes to the show in the edit, as we shoot more than goes out, and we felt the tone wasn’t quite right for the Christmas show.
‘But we do think Tim’s very talented and would love him to work with him on ITV shows again in the future.’