X Factor winner tells heartless HIV joke; social media reacts accordingly

Steve Brookstein may be the first ever winner of X Factor, but he certainly didn’t attract any new fans with his distateful HIV joke on Twitter about presenter (and series 6 runner-up) Olly Murs’ on-screen gaffe.

Murs mistakenly announced that contestant Monica Michaels was eliminated from the competition, before the results of the vote were made public.

For reasons we can’t imagine, Brookstein, who won series one in 2004 before having a falling-out with Simon Cowell, responded with an HIV joke.

He posted:

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And if anyone was expecting an apology, here’s a taste of Brookstein’s feelings on the matter:

For reasons that are painfully obvious, it didn’t go over so well in the twitterverse:

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