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John Cleese On Why He Can Never Be Cancelled

Comedy legend John Cleese, 83, reveals why he can never be cancelled despite being targeted by woke mobs for criticising political correctnessBy J. Peterson For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 06:20, 17 May 2023 | Updated: 06:21, 17 May 2023

John Cleese is no stranger to ruffling feathers of woke zoomers and millennials.

And now the outspoken Fawlty Towers star, 83, has revealed why he’s essentially uncancellable. 

Appearing on Ben Fordham Live, Cleese explained that it’s his ability to do live shows for his fans instead of relying on big commercial networks that’s helped him stay relevant.

‘I don’t get cancelled because I do stage shows…People think to themselves, “I like him, so I’ll buy a ticket”,’ he said.

‘The audience is basically pre-selected to like me, so when I come out they like me and they like the sort of humour I do,’ he continued.  

Comedian John Cleese says that he’s not at risk of being ‘cancelled’ because he performs in live stage shows for fans

The acclaimed comedian and actor also criticised the woke mob for their poor sense of humour.

‘I think that people who do the cancelling don’t seem to have much of a sense of humour,’ he told Fordham.

‘And I don’t think people without a sense of humour should cancel stuff that people with a sense of humour enjoy.’

Cleese is best known for co-founding Monty Python and for starring in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers.

The acclaimed comedian is famed for co-founding Monty Python and for starring in Fawlty Towers (pictured)

In 2020, the British actor sparked backlash for defending J.K. Rowling when a Twitter user demanded that he share his honest opinion on the Harry Potter author.  

‘I’m afraid I’m not that interested in trans folks I just hope they’re happy and that people treat them kindly,’ he tweeted.

‘Right now I’m more focussed on threats to democracy in America, the rampant corruption in the UK, the appalling British Press, the revelations about police brutality.’

Cleese has been targeted by the woke mob in the past, including Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness (pictured), who accused him of ‘transphobia’ for not condemning author J.K. Rowling

He then snarkily tweeted: ‘Deep down, I want to be a Cambodian police woman. Is that allowed, or am I being unrealistic?’

He was slammed for his comments by a number of progressive figures, including Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness, who accused the comedian of ‘transphobia’.

Last year, Cleese also said that wokeness stifles creativity. 

‘There are people sitting there who are deliberately waiting for the thrill of being offended,’ he told Reason magazine.