Prime Minister Theresa May has said the BBC should explain why a Jo Brand joke about throwing battery acid was “appropriate content” for broadcast.
The comedian made the remark during a broadcast of Radio 4 satirical show Heresy on Tuesday night.
She was accused by Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, who has had milkshakes thrown at him by protesters, as “inciting violence”.
In a statement, the BBC said it was “not intended to be taken seriously”.
“Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative,” the statement – which was first released on Wednesday – continued.
In the episode, Brand told presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell that people