Jack Whitehall concerned 'cancel culture' could end his career over historic joke

'We’ve had a few of these ridiculous cancellations of people because of historic jokes' says Whitehall

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Comedian Jack Whitehall says he fears his career could be brought to a premature end due to cancel culture.

The actor, 33, has been embroiled in controversy over jokes he's made in the past as well as for roles he has been cast in.

Jack Whitehall during the filming for the Graham Norton Show.
Jack Whitehall during the filming for the Graham Norton Show.

However, Whitehall is concerned that future audiences will turn on him over his material.

He spoke to The Sun about his cancel culture fears.

“I feel like I’ve definitely said jokes in the past that would be worthy of cancellation. I guess it’s how you weather that storm if it does ever come up.

“I’ve had it, sort of, occur a few times and I think, maybe, people are a little better now. We’ve had a few of these ridiculous cancellations of people because of historic jokes that — especially with a comedian because it was told in jest and the context of it was only ever intended as a joke — that you do tend to get away with it a little bit more.

“More so than you might with a tweet or a comment in an interview.”

In 2019, Whitehall caused a number of Ofcom complaints following a joke he made after Little Mix performed at the Brit Awards.

The star chimed in following the girl group's performance: “Dads up and down the country awkwardly fumbling for a scatter cushion right now.”

25 viewers complained to Ofcom following the joke.

In 2018, there was widespread criticism of the actor, who is straight, when he was cast as the first openly gay Disney character.