Dapper Laughs show axed by ITV2

Dapper Laughs show axed by ITV2

Internet comic Dapper Laughs has been axed by ITV2 after footage emerged of him telling a female audience member she was “gagging for a rape” at a show in London.

The comedian, real name Daniel O’Reilly, has already starred in one series of his show Dapper Laughs: On the Pull.

The show, which aimed to teach men to be better at “pulling”, included stunts such as asking for women’s numbers in the street and catchphrases like “she knows” and “proper moist”.

More than 60,000 people have signed a petition asking the channel to cancel the show because of claims it encouraged sexist behaviour.

Some 44 comedians also signed an open letter condemning O’Reilly for his “sexist and degrading” comedy.

ITV has now announced that they will not commission a second series.

An ITV spokesman said: “We have given careful thought to the recent criticism of the character Dapper Laughs, which has focused on his activities outside of the ITV2 programme, whose content was carefully considered and complied.

“We have taken the decision that we will not be considering this show for a second series.”

He has also produced a charity Christmas album to raise money for homeless charity Shelter, but they rejected the proceeds because of offensive statements he has made about homeless people.

On Saturday, O’Reilly released a statement on Twitter apologising for causing offence.

He said: “Some comedians push the boundaries in the name of entertainment. That means taking risks. But I think it’s important if we over step the mark and cause upset that we apologise.

“I would like to say sorry to those upset by my recent comments. I assure them that was not my intention.”

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