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Complaints have hit Sara Cox’s BBC radio show as listeners demanded an apology for an “inappropriate” carnival joke

RADIO DJ Sara Cox was slammed for an “inappropriate” joke during her show this week.

Radio 2 star Sara, 47, hosted the show on Tuesday when she asked listeners to call in about an “accidental, rickety ride” they’d been on.

BBC Radio 2'Sara Cox

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BBC Radio 2’Sara CoxCredit: PA:Press Association

A fan called to say he didn’t think he could survive a ride at a local fair.

This story prompted Sara to make the comment that would lead to complaints from listeners.

“That’s the thing about smaller local fairs, isn’t it? Their rollercoaster rides are held together with rusty bolts, blu tack and crossed fingers,” Sara said.

But listeners found her comment offensive and demanded an apology.

“Your comments last night about Fairgrounds were completely misguided and inappropriate,” one angry fan wrote on Twitter.

Another added: “We would appreciate an apology. Any fairground device cannot operate without an annual test conducted by an ADIPS inspector.”

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And a third wrote: “Hi @sarajcox I’ve always been a fan of yours and your show but I was quite annoyed by your dismissive comment about small fairgrounds being held together with ‘bluetack and rusty bolts’. As the owner of a small fairground, that’s definitely not the best thing!”

The BBC responded to the complaints, saying Sara didn’t mean any offense.

“Sara made an off-the-cuff comment in response to a listener text about roller coaster rides, referring to her own childhood memories of fairground rides and not to today’s standards,” the BBC said in a statement.

“She didn’t want to offend any of her listeners and the comment was in no way intended to be derogatory to local fairs.”

It’s been a tough few years for Sara who suddenly lost her brother and then her beloved puppy.

The 56-year-old father fell victim to a heart condition shortly before Christmas 2019.

An obituary notice in the Bolton News newspaper read: “Beloved partner of Linda, a loving son, father, brother, uncle and dear friend to many. Unfortunately missing.”

David still lived in Sara’s hometown of Little Lever, near Bolton, where he grew up with the star and siblings Dot and Robert.

The family raised money for the British Heart Foundation in David’s honor.

A statement on the JustGiving website read: “David died suddenly on December 6th due to an unknown underlying heart condition.

“The British Heart Foundation raises money to fund life-saving medicines and research.

“That’s why we’re raising money in memory of David and donating it to this good cause.”

A source said: “He died so suddenly, Sara is absolutely heartbroken. The death has shaken the whole family.”

The radio star was then heartbroken when her dog Beano died last year.

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Alongside a gallery of snaps featuring Beano in happier times, Sara announced his passing on Instagram: “We haven’t had you long enough but every minute has been a blast.

“Heartbroken. Love you my best boy. Beano 2013-2021”

Listeners complained about comments she made on Tuesday's show

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Listeners complained about comments she made on Tuesday’s showPhoto credit: Twitter
They didn't like the way she described rides at local fairgrounds

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They didn’t like the way she described rides at local fairgroundsPhoto credit: Getty
Sara tragically lost her dog Beano last year

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Sara tragically lost her dog Beano last yearPhoto credit: Rex

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