ITV comedy boss exposed for mocking murder of Jamal Khashoggi with shock costume

Halloween may be the time to wear something ghoulish but one guest at Jonathan Ross’s infamous celebrity party on fright night has been accused of having ‘appalling taste’ for their shocking costume.

He thought it would be okay to mock the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, by dressing as a ‘Saudi executioner’ and carrying a fake severed hand.

He has now been exposed as being Asif Zubairy, who is ITV’s head of commissioning for comedy and entertainment.

The 57-year-old has been widely slated for his choice of Halloween costume, which included a blood-spattered white coat and a Middle Eastern headscarf, known as a keffiyeh.




Mr Khashoggi had been a vocal dissident of the Saudi regime and wrote for the press in the United States.

Just hours before the party, details of his last moments had been shared by Turkish prosecutors, who said that Mr Khashoggi had been strangled not long after entering the Saudi consulate in Instabul.

Mr Zubairy had worked with Jonathan Ross on numerous TV programmes and has been an ITV executive for the past seven years.

During his 35-year TV career, Mr Zubairy has spent five years working on Strictly Come Dancing’s spin-off show It Takes Two, between 2005 and 2010.

He has also headed Down Under to work on Big Brother and Australia’s Got Talent.


Mr Zubairy is now responsible for commissioning all of ITV’s major entertainment programmes and this had included popular Keith Lemon vehicle, Celebrity Juice.

Speaking to MailOnline, Sir Alistair Graham, former chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, expressed shock that, "a senior person showed such appalling taste."

He also said that he couldn’t believe that Mr Zubairy had, "such a crass understanding of what was acceptable."

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