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    Facing mounting criticism from the outraged fans of BTS, the TV network that runs the show has issued an apology “to any who may have been offended” by the programme.

    Popular stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr has managed to stir up quite a storm online with a couple of remarks he delivered earlier this week on Australian TV show “20 to One”, related to the famous K-pop boyband BTS.

    During the programme, which was aired late on 19 June, the presenters described BTS as "the biggest band you've never heard of", before Carr stepped in to put his two cents in.

    "When I first heard something Korean had exploded in America, I got worried. So I guess, could have been worse", Carr said. “But not much worse”.

    This did not sit well with many of the band’s fans who went on to grill the comedian on social media.

    Some also directed their criticism at the Nine Network which runs the show, calling them out over alleged xenophobia.

    A number of netizens argued, however, that it was merely a joke, and so there’s nothing to apologise for.

    According to CNN, the Nine Network has issued an apology “to any who may have been offended” by the programme.

    "As a light-hearted entertainment program, it is our belief that last night's episode of '20 to One' ... did not breach any broadcast regulations, and was intended to humorously highlight the popularity of the group", a spokesperson for the network said.

    This week, the South China Morning Post revealed that BTS ended up selling over 600,000 tickets for its extended world tour, which earned the band about $79 million.

    And in April, the band broke YouTube’s one-day viewing record, notching 78 million views for their collaboration with Halsey and 2 million comments.


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