Dancing on Ice star Rufus Hound admits being 'stupid and hurtful' but defends 'retard' Twitter jibes

DANCING on Ice star Rufus Hound has admitted being “stupid and hurtful” after tweeting offensive terms including the word retard.

He also mocked Ed Sheeran as a “gay lord” and wrote out in full racist words beginning with N and P.

Last night the leftie comedian said on Twitter: “When I was a younger man, the culture on here was much darker and edgier. I made jokes about race, sexuality, politics, everything.

“You may find those jokes offensive or upsetting. And if you do, there’s a very good chance I hadn’t thought about them or the subjects they covered enough.

“If anything I’ve said or tweeted in the past was stupid or hurtful, it’s because I can be stupid and hurtful. I sincerely try to understand and do better.”

Tweets from Hound, 41, had included telling one follower: “Suck my b****, retard.”

He insulted Sheeran for spending a day “writing songs and walking round the hills of Aberfeldy”.

And talking of stars’ privacy and the use of language, the former Celebrity Juice panellist wrote: “And 28 years ago you’d have heard people talking about ‘n*****s and p***s’. So, no problem there?”

On the show’s first night Hound, paired with Robin Johnstone, accused the Government of not feeding “hungry kids”.

And The Sun on Sunday revealed he posted claims that Tories allowed the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing to help win the Election.

Last night ITV refused to condemn his comments.

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