Comedian Louis C.K. is taking heat over controversial jokes he made in his appearance as host of the season finale of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
The U.K. publication The Independent reports that C.K.’s trademark edgy comedy fell flat with a number of viewers — with his material on child molesters generating much of the negative response.
Among his comments was one comparing child abuse to candy. Said C.K., referring to Mounds bars: “They do taste delicious, but they don’t taste as good as a young boy does, and shouldn’t, to a child molester.”
CK also talked about racism and relations between Israel and Palestine during a monologue that courted controversy.
The response on Twitter focused largely on the child molestation jokes. Among the examples cited in the report, one user tweeted: “Yikes. I use to think #LouisCK’s humor was intelligent. Child molestation jokes? Brutal. #SNL fail.”
Another wrote: “#LouisCK you wouldn’t be joking about the neighborhood child molester if he had chosen you! No excuse for allowing this #SNL”
Some Twitter users were supportive, with one writing: “Anyone who thinks Louis CK defended child molesters on SNL is a moron. He’s a comedic genius exploring human nature. You suck. #SNL #LouisCK”
For his part, C.K. seemed to realize he was in risky territory, noting during the monologue: “This is my last show, probably.”
Here’s C.K.’s monologue: