ITV axed Dapper Laughs’ signature show last night, after growing pressure from an online petition which now has more than 68,000 signatures.
The show, Dapper Laughs: On the Pull, shows Clapham-based Daniel O’Reilly helping men to ‘pull birds’ and is often criticised for its supposedly sexist stance.
Dapper Laughs starred in six half-hour ITV shows which finished airing on November 7 and ITV have now confirmed that they will not be running 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.”
The petition is still gaining momentum and urges ITV to apologise for ever airing the show, and for their suggestion that On the Pull was not part of the problem.
Petition organiser Tom Zephyr wrote: “Because ITV has granted O’Reilly the massive exposure and credibility of its platform, everyday sexism is being normalised for both young men and women.”
He added that sexual harassment and misogyny was inappropriately dismissed as banter on the show.
Daniel, who grew up in Woking, Surrey, was banned from future performances at Cardiff University last week.
This came after he joked that a female audience member was ‘gagging for rape’ in his sold-out London show on October 16.
This comes in the same week as Homeless charity Shelter refused to accept any money raised from his novelty Christmas record due to his ‘deeply offensive’ comments about homeless people.
He is still due to perform in Glasgow, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Leicester, Nottingham, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, and Oxford next year, however the online backlash against him continues to grow.
You can view the petition here.
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