08/31/2012 05:25 pm ET

Frankie Boyle, Comedian Who Made Paralympics Jokes, Flamed By Twitter Users, Britain's Channel 4 (TWEETS)

Frankie Boyle, a Scottish comedian known in the U.K. for his pessimistic humor, set off a storm of controversy earlier this week by tweeting jokes about Paralympic athletes.

From his personal Twitter account, Boyle compared the Saudi Arabian Paralympians to thieves, said that a British athlete's high-jump was "Taliban assisted" and suggested that Paralympic equestrian featured wheelchair-bound horses.


While Boyle's jokes were characteristic of his acerbic comedic palaette, many Twitter users found them more than a little off-color. This sentiment was echoed Friday by Britain's Channel 4, which carries the games and has hosted programs by Boyle in the past.

The Guardian reports that the broadcaster has cut ties with the comedian, releasing a statement that "[Boyle] is not under contract with Channel 4 and we don't have any shows planned with him."

Boyle defended himself via Twitter following the announcement.

This is not the first time that Boyle has faced criticism for making fun of people with disabilities: He once came under fire for comments he made about the disabled son of British media personalities on his show "Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights."