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16th Nov 2022

‘Disturbing’ David Walliams sketch from 2007 is making people ‘feel ill’

Tobi Akingbade

‘I can’t watch the whole thing – I’m getting sick’

A recently resurfaced video of David Walliams has caused some backlash after leaving fans feeling ‘uneasy’.

Footage from a 2007 BBC documentary shows the comedian in a performance Lesser Britain Show in Australia as his character ‘Des Kaye’, a gay former children’s entertainer.

Although the documentary isn’t available on BBC iPlayer, footage of it is still available on YouTube and recently went viral again on Twitter. Now that clip is topical again it’s caused some viewers to urge for relevant authorities to investigate it.

In his stage show, Walliams invites three viewers onto the stage as Des Kaye for a game of hide-and-seek.

When he asks the boys their ages, they say 16, 17 and 18. In response to the 16 year old Des says: “Bingo!”

“You’re a big boy for 16, aren’t you? I will tell the judge.”

Later in the video there is a compilation of ‘Des’ assuring each boy that they are with ‘Uncle Des’ before kissing them.

Then when the Sausage Hide and Seek game begins, Des goes right into each boy’s crotch.

In some instances he presses his face into her groin, and in others he pulls down the boys’ trousers to reveal their bare buttocks to the audience.

Other clips show ‘Des’ pinning boys on stage and engaging in penetrative sex from behind.

Of the sketch, Walliams said: “It didn’t start out that way. It kind of grew as I got greedy for laughs.”

Adding that it’s important to “know the limits,” he explains, “If I started baring her penis or something, I don’t know, it would be just awful. It would just be abuse.”

As soon as the video was shared again on Twitter this week, the horrified reactions began.

“To say that this kind of humor has aged a lot is quite an understatement. Damn it,” complained one viewer.

Another user added: “David Walliams in sight. Abuse for ‘entertainment’. This needs to be investigated. He needs to be held accountable.”

“I can’t watch the whole thing – I’m getting sick,” tweeted a third.

Another posted: “This is disgusting. Is he under investigation?”

This comes after, leaked transcripts from Britain’s Got Talent episodes have revealed derogatory remarks made by Walliams towards contestants on the show.

In transcripts obtained by the Guardian, the television personality and children’s author, who is a judge on the ITV talent show, was recorded referring to one contestant as a “c**t” and saying of another: “She thinks you want to f**k her, but you don’t.”

The offensive remarks were made during a recorded audition show at the London Palladium in January 2020. Lawyers or Walliams and Thames TV, the production company behind Britain’s Got Talent, argued the comments were part of a private conversation never intended for broadcast.

The Guardian reports that the comments were made about an older performer who engaged in some light hearted banter with the judges during which he made a jibe about Walliams.

His comments were picked up by microphones used to capture discussion between the judges while they are sat at their desks in front of the stage.

The second incident occurred shortly after a female contestant auditioning on the same show had walked off stage. When her performance was over, Walliams remarked: “She’s like the slightly boring girl you meet in the pub that thinks you want to fuck them, but you don’t.”

Walliams reiterated: “She thinks you want to f**k her, but you don’t.”

He then added: “I know, she’s just like: ‘Oh, f**k off!’ I was saying, she thinks you want to f**k her, but you don’t. It’s the last thing on your mind, but she’s like: ‘Yep, I bet you do!’ ‘No I don’t!’ I had a bit of a boner, but now it’s going, it’s now shrivelled up inside my body.”

In a statement, Walliams said: “I would like to apologise to the people I made disrespectful comments about during breaks in filming for Britain’s Got Talent in 2020. These were private conversations and – like most conversations with friends – were never intended to be shared. Nevertheless, I am sorry.”

A spokesperson for Cowell and Syco Entertainment, the co-producer of Britain’s Got Talent, said: “We were unaware of the alleged conversation until contacted by the Guardian, and whilst it is not suggested Simon heard the alleged remarks, we can confirm he did not. Britain’s Got Talent is a family show and we do not condone the use of any such language.”

JOE has contacted Walliams for a comment

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