John Cleese is set to get a show on GB News, alongside Andrew Doyle. On the Today Programme he claimed he “didn’t know” who GB News were before being approached. This comes despite the fact he had previously referred to it as the “late unlamented GB News” and dubbed them “KGB News”, referring to their funding. To be fair to John, he’s not as young as he used to be.
John is an opponent of wokeism and says the move was made possible by their pro-free speech platform. When he was asked about joining the BBC, he replied “not on your nelly”, predicting he would be cancelled within five minutes. Guido wishes Cleese all the best in his new position, though that may conceivably not be entirely welcome…
Responding to the deletion of the “Germans” episode of Fawlty Towers from BBC-owned streamer UKTV, Cleese says:
“The Major was an old fossil left over from decades before. We were not supporting his views, we were making fun of them. If they can’t see that, if people are too stupid to see that, what can one say?”
He’s moving to the Caribbean because “I don’t like it” in Britain. Bye!
Where are you moving to, John?
After John Cleese asked his Twitter followers why “half-educated tenement Scots” are allowed to run the English press, Fraser Nelson had to look up the term. Since the Speccie editor isn’t “educated, cultured and intelligent” (in the words of Cleese) his regular Telegraph column standing up for press freedom was merely an example of how his “craving for social status” makes him an “obedient retainer”.
Why do we let half-educated tenement Scots run our English press ? Because their craving for social status makes them obedient retainers ? https://t.co/uCXEvbZssE
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) October 2, 2016
Fraser hits back today in the Telegraph today:
“his writing fell short of the standards expected of a Spectator contributor – which is why his status as a contributing editor did not last longer than his first article. An expensive education, you see, can’t buy you everything.”
Indeed Cleese’s first and only piece in 2009 was so dull and unfunny that they never had him back. Not much has changed since then.
Twitter has not been a happy forum for John Cleese, whose foray onto social media has transformed him from national treasure to eccentric old weirdo. The Hacked Off divorce enthusiast this morning tweeted that he hoped Paul Dacre’s next heart attack “is his last”. Dacre has a heart condition. Last year Guido caught Cleese comparing journalists to murderers – he first denied he’d said it then fessed up and claimed he was joking. Step away from the keyboard…