Russell Kane’s Joke About ‘Weak Vegans’ Seriously P*ssed People Off

by : Lucy Connolly on : 17 Dec 2018 12:27
Russell Kane offends vegansBBC Two/Getty

Comedians are always going to annoy some people, regardless of the type of joke they tell – it’s pretty much part of the job description.

Which is why it isn’t surprising comedian Russell Kane has upset a lot of vegans with a joke he told last night (December 16).


Appearing on panel show The Apprentice: You’re Hired following Sunday night’s final, Kane made the quip about vegans with regards to finalist Camilla Ainsworth’s product.


WARNING: spoilers ahead!

This is your five second spoiler warning; if you haven’t watched last night’s final of The Apprentice, look away now. Three.. two.. one.. Right, you’ve had fair warning now – if you’re still reading then I can’t help you anymore. It’s all on you from here on out.


So, 43-year-old comedian Kane was on the panel, alongside runner up Camilla and Lord Sugar’s new business partner, Sian Gabbidon, who secured a £250,000 investment for her custom-made swimsuit brand, SYO.

Not bad going. It was a true war of the roses, with Sian born and bred in Yorkshire, and Camilla from Lancashire. I’ll be honest, I was routing for Camilla, simply because I’m also from the valleys but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

Camilla Ainsworth The ApprenticeBBC

Her premium dairy-free nut milk line MLK IT just didn’t cut it for Lord Sugar, despite receiving rave reviews from those who tasted it.


And Russell Kane agreed, saying he thought the product would see her crowned the winner, before he made a joke aimed at vegans which hasn’t had the best response.

On Camilla’s defeat, the comedian said:

There’s going to be a lot of angry vegans out there. If only they had the strength to type a complaint.

Russell Kane offends vegansBBC Two

Cue: a lot of angry vegans who, let’s just say, weren’t impressed with the joke, which has since been branded ‘toilet level sarcasm’. So… not impressed, then?

Plenty of viewers took to social media immediately after Kane made the quip, with many saying they were no longer a fan of his comedy.

One person tweeted:

Does Russell Kane actually draw an audience or dies [sic] he just show up on panel shows claiming to be a comedian? Utterly bereft of humour #TheApprentice


While another wrote:

You know, basing a joke on vegans/ vegetarians not having the energy to do something is just not very funny and it’s also lazy. #TheApprentice

And another expressed their anger, writing:

I so use to like you but vegans are far from weak. Grow up Russell & stop with toilet level sarcasm #theapprentice

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Yikes. Not a great day for Russ then, was it? I’m sure he won’t take it to heart though; after all, he’s made plenty of jokes about vegans in the past.

He’s even made videos solely to take the mick out of vegans before, posting one to his YouTube channel called, ‘Congrats For Being Vegan!’

Hmm, I’m sensing sarcasm:

Yep, he’s definitely not bothered.

I’m sure it won’t be his last vegan-based joke either.

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Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

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