Dapper Laughs vows to return after being 'bullied into quitting'

Dapper Laughs Credit: Dapper Laughs

The comedian behind Dapper Laughs has said he was 'bullied' into quitting and will now bring back the controversial act.

Daniel O'Reilly said he has had time to "calm down" following a storm of criticism for being sexist and offensive and will now bring back his "lad culture" brand of comedy.

The internet comic's ITV2 show ended in November after one series and his UK tour was cancelled last year when a video emerged of him telling an audience member that she was "gagging for a rape" during a live show.

At the time he told BBC's Newsnight: "I am not going to allow Dapper Laughs to represent me. I want the people out there to know that not only am I going to stop it, I am going to help it not being promoted."

In a Christmas message on YouTube Dapper Laughs said he would be back. Credit: Dapper Laughs

But despite his apology, just a month later he proclaimed that "Dapper's back" in a Christmas message on YouTube.

In an interview with BBC Radio One's Newsbeat today he denied that killing off his character was a stunt and said he has support from his fans.

He added that he did not make the rape joke during his live show, but repeated what an audience member had said to him about her friend.

His video clips include him yelling sexual comments at women from his car or on the street but he told the BBC he does not believe men approach women in real life.

Anti-street harassment campaigner Bryony Beynon, the co-director of Hollaback! London, said:

In November Ofcom launched an investigation into whether any offensive material in the show was justified by the context.An Ofcom spokesman said: "Ofcom is currently investigating whether the repeated use of sexual references in this comedy series met generally accepted standards."