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Ross cleared over gay link

Controversial comments made by Radio 2 host Jonathan Ross, which attracted over 60 complaints, have been given the all-clear by Ofcom.

The regulator says that the comments, made while describing prizes for a competition in May, were "not intended to be hostile or pejorative towards the gay community in general."

The prizes included an MP3 player featuring American teenage star Hannah Montana. Reacting to this, Ross said: "If your son asks for a Hannah Montana MP3 player, then you might want to already think about putting him down for adoption in later life, when they settle down with their partner."

In a statement clearing Ross, Ofcom said today: "The comment was clearly presented as a joke intended to make light of the reactions that some parents may have if their child chooses a toy that is very widely recognised to be designed and marketed for the opposite sex.

"The humour was therefore based on the absurdity of the scenario and was not intended to cause offence."

Ofcom continued, "The nature of the joke would have been well understood by the vast majority of listeners and would not have exceeded their normal expectations for the programme."

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