James Corden blasted for joking about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault allegations too soon

As a comedian, James Corden is well used to pushing boundaries of taste to get a reaction from his audience.

But some have been left wondering if the former Gavin and Stacey actor had stepped a little too far over the line with his latest material.

Taking to the stage to host the AmfAR Gala in Los Angeles, James made jokes about the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations that have hit the headlines in recent weeks.

According to reports, the material didn’t go down too well with the room full of Hollywood A listers.

“This is a beautiful room, it’s a beautiful night here in L.A. It’s so beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage,” said James in his opening routine.

According to sources there on the night, the gag was met with as much with groans as laughter.

James’ jokes come amid a string of sexual harassment allegations against the movie mogul who has also been accused of rape by three women – claims that Weinstein “unequivocally denies”.

Proving nothing was off limits, even after the initial mixed reaction of his opening number, James continued on.

“It has been weird this week though, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath.

“Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight, but sadly he’ll settle for whatever potted plant is closest.”

According to Variety there were a few ‘uncomfortable chuckles’ in the room, that featured stars inclucing Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

When news of the gag hit social media there was a similarly mixed response.

“No more, Corden” tweeted one shocked fan.

“You’re telling me making light of a man that has numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations is the perfect punchline? Unbelievable,” added another.

“Sorry James, love ya but I think sexual harassment is off the table for now,” complained a third.