Actor gave first interview out of character on 'Newsnight'
Dapper Laughs, the character created by Daniel O’Reilly, has been killed off by its creator following a week of controversy that saw his ITV2 show cancelled by executives.
As reported, over 60,000 people signed a petition urging ITV chief executive Adam Crozier to cancel the show, which aired on ITV2 and saw O’Reilly aiding men in their bid to find a girlfriend, with criticism made of the character’s controversial brand of humour.
O’Reilly appeared on BBC2’s Newsnight last night to discuss the events of the past few days and revealed that he will no longer be appearing as the character on social media, TV or in the live setting.
The comedian stated that he didn’t realise he was causing “that much of a problem” and saying he thought fans of the character were laughing at “what men think” and not how they actually are.
“It was a type of comedy I shouldn’t have been doing,” he said. “I’m not going to do what maybe other comedians would do and stand behind it and say, ‘Do you know what, if you don’t like it switch off’. I’m not going to say that. I don’t agree with it. I don’t want to be seen as that. It’s a shame that it went so far.”
Asked by presenter Emily Maitlis what was next for the character, O’Reilly stated: “Dapper Laughs is gone.”
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