Channel 10 and the celebrity cast of hit show Have You Been Paying Attention? have landed themselves in hot water after making light of the death of Thai King, Bhumibol Adulyadej, on Monday night.
In response, the country’s ambassador to Australia Chirachai Punkrasin has penned a scathing letter, chastising the network for “mocking people who are feeling intense grief at the passing of their monarch”.
The segment – which Channel 10 has since apologised for and removed from its social media platforms and website – included a video of a Thai woman wailing over the King’s passing.
The cast’s reaction to the footage was branded by Punkrasin as “very inappropriate, disrespectful, and certainly not amusing”.
“While it may not be the intention of the Network 10 to cause offence, the programme needs to show greater cultural sensitivity and media professionalism when it deals with a topic that makes reference to another country, institution or culture,” the letter continued.
Monday night’s panel comprised of comedians Peter Helliar, Ed Kavalee, Sam Pang, Jane Kennedy and Celia Pacquola.
Speaking to Fairfax Media, a Channel 10 spokesperson apologised for any offence caused, and said a letter has been sent to the ambassador in Canberra.