Comedian Jimmy Carr being sued for defamation by his own dad’

Jimmy Carr’s dad is said to be suing the much loved comedian for defamation after the comic made too many gags about him in his routines.

Sources close to Jimmy’s father, Jim Carr Sr, say he is sick of the 8 Out of 10 Cats star's “lies” about him and revealed that he had chosen to take legal action against the star.

A well-placed source revealed: "The last thing Jim wanted to do was take his own son to court, but enough is enough. He's sick and tired of this false characterisation of himself that is being presented,” reports the Mirror.

"Jimmy's snide comments about his dad have been going on for years. The straw that broke the camel’s back was this new book and some of the things he has been saying on podcasts.

"I know it's fashionable nowadays not to get on with your father, but Jim's had enough of the lies. He is a businessman and has a reputation to defend. The only way to put a stop to the nonsense is by suing for defamation.”

Jimmy Carr Jr is no stranger to controversy and causing offence, with calls made earlier this year for the star to be prosecuted after he made a highly offensive Holocaust joke during his Netflix special 'His Dark Material'.

However if his father’s legal case goes ahead, it will be the first time Jimmy has ever been sued.

Raised by his Irish parents in Farnham Common and Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, Jimmy sadly lost his mum Nora to pancreatitis in 2001, at the age of 57. It was around this time that the comedian is thought to have stopped speaking to his father.

Three years later, Jimmy himself accused his father of harassment, but the claims were thrown out of court.

He now resides in North London with his girlfriend and two children.

Last year, Jimmy spoke a little about his tense relationship with his dad on a podcast, in which he admitted it had been 21 years since they were last in contact.

"I haven’t seen my dad in 21 years and you know the line, 'My mother’s dead and my father's dead to me' – which sounds very cold, until you meet the guy,” he said.

The claim has been issued at court and will be served in due course.

OK! has reached out to Jimmy Carr’s representatives for comment.

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