Tuesday 18 June 2019

Actor John Cleese reveals he's quit UK and is now living in the Caribbean

John Cleese speaking at the Pendulum Summit 2019 at the Convention Centre in Dublin.
Photo: Steve Humphreys
John Cleese speaking at the Pendulum Summit 2019 at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Actor John Cleese has revealed that he quit the UK in November and is now living in the Caribbean where life is ‘safe and beautiful.’

The renowned comedian said he was disgusted at the state of political discourse in his home country and with the press which he described as ‘lying’.

The Monty Python comic had been portrayed in the press as having strong views on Brexit – but Mr Cleese said he has ‘no strong views’ and had been in favour of reforming the EU Commission.

“If they don’t reform it, I’m in favour of Leave but I said nobody understands the economic impact,” he said.

He said the vote as put to the British people had been ‘an insane question to ask.

“It was far too complex an issue,” he said, adding that ‘the most depressing thing was the level of debate.’

A study of economic pundits, meanwhile, showed that they were no more accurate than anyone who reads a newspaper, he said.

He believes that nobody knows what is going to happen with Brexit but he still thinks there may be some advantages in not being in the EU.

He moved from his home in the UK to Nevis in the Carribbean on November 1, he said, adding that he enjoys life there where it is ‘safe and beautiful.’

Meanwhile he always enjoys visits to Ireland because of our appreciation of humour, particularly black humour, he said, saying that Irish people are ‘not so uptight’ as they are in London where nobody stops to see the funny side of  life.

The actor was the final speaker at the Pendulum Summit at the National Convention Centre today.

He revealed that he enjoys doing these motivational speaking conferences rather than a stage show because the material is always changing.

“I had a really interesting conversation backstage with a woman about spirituality,” he said, adding that he enjoys getting out in the world, rather than delivering the same material over and over.

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