Well, the term "gaff" might be up for debate once you hear the back story.

Carr, who sashayed away with an award for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality at Saturday's British Comedy Awards, had this to say regarding a Celebrity Ding Dong sketch in which he planned to feature Rough Women instead of Fashionistas:

"It didn't work out because they couldn't cast it. I suppose it is a bit difficult to find rough women. I suppose Shannon Matthew's mum was busy… Oh yeah, she would be my dream guest. I think she's a gay icon. People like a bit of rough don't they? I must be obsessed with her actually if you look at my Google searches. So I should dedicate this award to her."

And who did he say this to? A herd of baying journalists backstage at the awards. This story didn't even get the chance to be skewed by a third party "source"; Carr went straight to the conduits largely responsible for stringing up Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand.

Needless to say, the journalists were outraged to the core and reported as such in their various publications, leaving Carr no option but to post the following on his site:

"Just a quick note to apologise to all the people who were offended by me 'dedicating' my award to Karen Matthews. For those of you who have enjoyed my comedy and seen my act over the last seven years you all would have got used to my tongue in cheek style and near the knuckle observations. Just to put the record straight I was being ironic, these aren't my real sentiments obviously."

What say you? Was Carr's quip funny or unnecessary? And be honest...