Jimmy Carr has admitted he ‘feels terrible’ about offending injured squaddies with a recent joke – and has now dropped the gag from his act.

The 8 Out Of 10 Cats presenter drew criticism when he told the audience at Manchester Apollo: “Say what you like about servicemen amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan, but we’re going to have a f***ing good paralympic team in 2012.”

But Carr told Absolute Radio presenter Christian O’Connell on Monday: “I feel terrible about it. I dropped the joke (from) the set. I am sensitive – I think it’s become a bigger thing than just a joke.

“I’ve had lots of support over it from squaddies, from young guys. Much as I think it’s fine to make a joke … people have the right to object, especially this time of year, with Remembrance Sunday coming up and all that.”

The TV comic was condemned for the quip during a stand-up show last month, although he has also had messages of support from servicemen.