Billy Connolly, 78, claims he ‘would be cancelled’ now as comedian rejects wokeness

Billy Connolly reads excerpt from his audiobook

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Sir Billy Connolly, 78, has said “things have changed forever” as he addressed the issue of cancel culture. The comedy legend has suggested that political correctness has gone too far.

The Glasgow-born funnyman, who rose to fame in the 1970s, said he believed his material would have been deemed too offensive for modern audiences.

The comedy star called on TV executives to have “more bravery”.

He added that the “fearless” material he presented to audiences when he started out as a comedian would not be acceptable now.

Speaking in a new interview, Billy addressed being cancelled in today’s society, saying: “Absolutely. You can’t decide to be fearless, you’re either fearless or you’re not and you go about it.

“Because of political correctness people have pulled in the horns but I don’t know how I feel about that.

“I couldn’t have started today with the talent I had then, certainly not.”

He continued: “There’s a show here in America with all black comedians, men and women, and they are totally ruthless, they are totally without political correctness and they have always got me on the floor howling with laughter.

“There was a comedian who had a series on television and the suits involved were going to take it off at the first commercial break. They have got no bravery.”

 

Billy was speaking on New Zealand radio station Newstalk ZB as he promoted his new book Windswept and Interesting.

The comedian also said that writing his autobiography made him “depressed” as he touched on his childhood heartbreak.

The legendary performer said: “It was difficult to write and the trouble with it is when you bring it up it stays for a while and then you get over it and then you bring it up again and you get depressed again.

“I don’t know if it helps or not but you are as well to get it off your shoulder and into the open air.”

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“It’s difficult but you get there,” he added.

Meanwhile, Billy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013 – a degenerative disease of the nervous system that affects movement.

When questioned about his condition, the comedian said it is a “new challenge”.

He remarked: “Everything is a new challenge.

“I hardly prepare, so I turn up unprepared and everything is a new challenge. It keeps your eyes open.”

However, Billy admitted: “The challenges lately have been medical. They’re getting worse.”

The stand-up performer first found fame in the 1970s and has since become a national treasure.

The Scottish comedian met his wife Pamela on the set of the BBC comedy show Not The Nine O’Clock News in 1970 and they married in 1989.

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