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'It has wrecked my life' - Dapper Laughs apologises for 'rape joke'


Dapper Laughs dating show has been cancelled by ITV over 'rape joke'

Dapper Laughs dating show has been cancelled by ITV over 'rape joke'

Dapper Laughs dating show has been cancelled by ITV over 'rape joke'

Controversial comedian Dapper Laughs appeared on BBC Newsnight last night to defend himself, and apologise, over comedy routines condoning rape and sexual violence.

Dapper, real name Daniel O'Reilly, claimed he was attempting "to push the boundaries" but said he got carried away and said he was a "victim of my own mistakes".

He also blamed the media for escalating the controversy.

“At the moment I am trying to hold back the emotion that is attached to what it has done to my life and what the media has done to my life in the last four days,” he said.

He said, "From the beginning that I started with the character Dapper Laughs it caught on really quickly, that type of humour was popular for a certain demographic of people.

"The Facebook page blew up and I didn't think that so many people would end up seeing it.  It became very popular and I kind of got carried away with it to be honest with you."

He said it has "wrecked" his life and he's a "victim of his own mistakes".

The comedian's apology caused a stir on Twitter where people accused him of self-pity and not apologising adequately.

In his stand-up act, O’Reilly addressed the issue of 'rape jokes': “I filmed six episodes, half an hour each. If it was a guide to rape, I would have done one five-minute episode, come on and go ‘Oi Oi, I’m Dapper Laughs, go down the shops, get some rope, bit of duct tape, rape the bitch, well done, see you later’.”

He later approached a female member of the audience and announced: “She’s gagging for a rape.”

When ITV commissioned the recently finished six-part series Dapper Laughs: On the Pull for its youth-orientated ITV2 channel, it was presented as another example of a successful video-blogger or “vlogger” crossing into mainstream media.

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However, the show has been ditched by ITV and a string of dates due to be played across the UK have been pulled following the controversy.

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