Channel 4 has refused to apologise to Katie Price following comments made by Frankie Boyle on the Scot’s show, Tramadol Nights.
Price, who was disgusted by the Boyle’s jokes about her disabled son Harvey, will now make a formal complaint to the broadcasting watchdog OFCOM.
Katie and Harvey’s lawyer Mark Bateman of Archerfield Partners said: “Following our earlier statement, we are deeply saddened that, despite requests, publicly-owned Channel 4 has not met the 5pm deadline for an apology over the deeply offensive and hurtful sexual comments it broadcast about Katie Price’s disabled son Harvey.
“Accordingly, on Katie Price’s instructions, we can confirm that we have had no option but to formally complain to OFCOM on Harvey Price’s behalf about the comments.”
The model and reality star was sickened after Boyle made a “vile” remark about eight-year-old Harvey, who suffers from autism and various medical issues.
Boyle said: “I have a theory about the reason Jordan married a cage fighter – she needed a man strong enough to stop Harvey from f**king her.”
He also joked that “Jordan and Peter Andre are still fighting each other over custody of Harvey – eventually one of them will lose and have to keep him.”
The jokes have been met with horror by the public, who have taken to micro-blogging website Twitter to vent their fury.
Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, who has been the subject of the Scot’s acerbic tongue in the past, tweeted: “Frankie Boyle’s comments on Katie Price’s son Harvey are vile. He should not be allowed to get away with this!!!!!!!”
In a previous statement, Channel 4 said: “Frankie Boyle is one of the highest profile comedians in the UK; he’s well known for his controversial humour and the programme carried appropriate warnings as to the nature of the material.
“The joke aired in the context of a late night comedy show. The joke itself has been performed by Frankie as part of his stage show and, as with much of his material, is an absurdist and satirical comment on high profile individuals whose lives have been played out in the media.”