The Man Behind Dapper Laughs Says He Has Killed Off The Controversial Character
Following days of controversy, Daniel O'Reilly gave an exclusive interview to Newsnight.
Tuesday's Newsnight showed an exclusive interview with Daniel O'Reilly, better known as the Vine star and comedian Dapper Laughs.
O'Reilly tweeted this message before the show aired.
In the interview, he said: "I didn't believe so many people would end up seeing it and I kind of got a little bit carried away."
He continued: "From the beginning that I started with the character it caught on quick that it was popular for a certain demographic." When asked why he carried on with the character, he said: "It was getting so much praise from the audience that it was being seen by. ... Obviously I don't think [like the character], I'm taking the mick out of what men think."
O'Reilly claimed he "didn't think it incited sexual violence at the time", and that the fallout had "wrecked my life to a certain extent." He said his family had "spoken" to him about it, but wouldn't be drawn on supportive tweets that, interviewer Emily Maitlis alleged, had been sent by his father. He concluded by saying: "Not only am I going to stop it, I'm going to help it not be promoted as well."
Here's a video of the full interview.
O’Reilly is originally from Woking in Surrey.
As we reported in August, he spent some years working on cruise ships.
In a now-deleted blog on a talent website, he mentioned attending Brooklands Performing Arts School and doing warm-up gigs for Paul Daniels. He wrote:
I'm a presenter / actor / comedian / model, most of my initial experience has been on cruise ships where I perfected the art of presenting cheesy game shows and performing in my own stand up comedy show 'the life of Reilly'. I have done professional modelling and acting in a movie, I enjoy stand up performing and writing. I'm an out going "cheeky cockney chappie" type, very comical and playful, professional and quick witted.