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X Factor Winner Steve Brookstein’s Terrible HIV Joke Didn’t Go Over Well. Shocking.

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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.

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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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