The Project’s grovelling apology after Reuben Kaye’s Jesus joke

Reuben Kaye on The Project
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The Project has issued a grovelling apology after comedian Reuben Kaye’s dirty joke about Jesus during a live interview sparked backlash.

The queer comedian and cabaret performer went on the Network 10 show discussing the hate he receives for his sexuality and his drag, particularly from the religious crowd.

“I think it’s hilarious when someone messages me and says, ‘you have to accept Jesus’s love or you will burn in hell,’” Reuben said on Tuesday night.

“Because I love Jesus. I love any man who can get nailed for three days straight and come back for more.”

Then on Wednesday’s show, The Project co-hosts Waleed Aly and Sarah Harris apologised to camera after complaints flew online.

“During a live interview last night, our guest told a joke which we know was deeply and needlessly offensive to many of you,” he said.

“We want to acknowledge the particular offence and hurt that it caused our Muslim but especially our Christian viewers.

“Obviously, I understand just how profound that offence was.”

Co-host Sarah Harris added, “Live TV is unpredictable. And when this happened in the last few moments of the show, it took us all by surprise.

“There wasn’t a lot of time to react in a considered way.”

Waleed went on, “It’s fair to say we weren’t expecting a comment like that to be made and we acknowledge the offence it caused. More than that, we’re sorry.”

Reuben Kaye reacts to backlash

But Reuben Kaye lapped up the backlash on Instagram, describing the live TV moment as “the joke that broke Australia.”

“Some heroes don’t wear capes… They wear lashes,” he wrote.

The comedian was on The Project to plug his upcoming tour Live And Intimidating, with shows all over the country over the next three months.

“I want to poke the bear,” Reuben said of his comedy.

“I’m so thickly spread around this country that I might as well be systemic racism.”

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Jordan Hirst
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  1. Peter Turner
    3 March 2023

    Oh dear!!
    We mustn’t ever criticise Christians because they have NEVER criticised anyone in our community.
    The grovelling apology was hilarious.
    Is this why we need a Religious Discrimination Bill? Are Christians really this sensitive?

  2. Matt
    3 March 2023

    Good on Rueben for stirring the pot as the show is stale and stagnant and the show needs to be cut

  3. Doug
    5 March 2023

    Easter! What’s so special about that? Guy goes out Friday, gets hammered with his mates, hangs around with them all weekend, and eventually wakes up naked in a cave with no idea how he got there, and gets picked up by his Mum. We’ve all done it.

    • Kangaroo Jack
      5 March 2023

      LoL. Well done.

      Fuck Christians after all the shit they put on the rainbow community. Just fuck them.

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