Panellists drive home point on Carr tax gaffe

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Comedian Jimmy Carr admitted the row over his tax affairs was “entirely my fault” on his television show 8 Out Of 10 Cats last night.

Carr was presenting the Channel 4 comedy panel game for the first time since the news broke about him using a complex scheme to avoid paying HM Revenue and Customs.

His fellow panellists teased him mercilessly about his domination of the headlines this week, with team captain Sean Lock telling him: “We all like to put a bit of money away for a rainy day, don’t we? But I think you’re more prepared than Noah.”

On Thursday Carr issued a statement apologising for his actions, saying he had “made a terrible error of judgment”.

But that did not stop his fellow comedians turning their wit on him during filming for the Channel 4 programme.

Carr replied: “I’ve been dishing it out for years, it’s about time I got some.”

And he went on: “I hate to sound like I’m passing the buck, but I’ll tell you who I blame for this whole mess – me. It’s entirely my fault.”

In his statement, Carr said: “I appreciate as a comedian, people will expect me to ‘make light’ of this situation, but I’m not going to in this statement as this is obviously a serious matter.”

He said he was advised the K2 Tax scheme was entirely legal, and fully disclosed to HMRC, but he was no longer involved in it.