Matthew Wright has been forced to apologise over comments he made on television about the murder of 16 year-old Liam Aitchison in Scotland following complaints, reports The Press Association. Wright had been having a discussion on his UK talk show 'The Wright Stuff' with his guests which included comedian Charlie Baker, and when the latter described the investigation into the event as "the longest-ever episode of Taggart" - in reference to the cult Scottish-based detective drama series - Wright adopted a Scottish accent and mimicked the show's main character, saying "there's been another murder."
This hasn't gone down well with the public; the murder took place on the Isle Of Lewis and their MP, Angus MacNeil commented, "To see Matthew Wright making jokes about the tragedy and behaving as he did is beyond belief, and has disgusted everyone who has seen the programme." Meanwhile, a Facebook group titled 'Report The Wright Stuff To OFcom' has also been set up with more than 2000 people liking it.
This has forced Wright to come out and apologise, speaking on his show he said, "I know that some of you have been upset by some comments made during yesterday's newspaper review about the murder of Liam Aitchison in Stornoway and I would like to apologise if that was the case. Certainly, no intention on my part to belittle the seriousness or the tragedy of this story, or to offend anyone who knew Liam. You know me, I have been touched by death too many times to belittle anything like that."