Jack Whitehall “begged” TV bosses to ditch drug scene from his new show

by Lynn Connolly

Comedian Jack Whitehall has reportedly asked TV bosses to take out a scene in his new comedy show which depicts him taking drugs.

As fans of Jack’s may know, last year, he apologised to his fans after a picture leaked to the newspapers showed him snorting cocaine.

The Sun adds, “So he was stunned when he was asked to relive the scandal with Joe Thomas – who plays Simon in The Inbetweeners – for university farce Fresh Meat.”

Jack apparently even asked if the drug shown could be switched to horse tranquilliser ketamine so that last year’s scandal would be dragged up again.

He told TV Biz, “There was a discussion about that. I said, ‘Can we make it ketamine?’. But they said it wouldn’t work…

“As soon as we did the first read-through and it got a big laugh they said we had to keep it in. In the end I agreed it’s funnier with coke.

“But it was weird to do.”

Jack went on to reveal that he’d been further embarrassed by the show’s production staff who wanted to wax his bum!

He said “They came in and said, ‘Jack, do you want your bum waxed?’.

“I was like, ‘What?’, and they were like, ‘Well it will be on show, do you want us to wax your bum?’. I thought, ‘I don’t know’.

“I thought maybe they’d seen it and thought, ‘Wax it’.

“So I had to pull down my pants and let them look at my bottom and decide whether or not it should be waxed.

“They decided they didn’t need to because it was a long shot. But having your bum looked at to see if it’s too hairy for the screen? Amazing.”

And finally, of his role in the new comedy – which is written by Bafta award-winning Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong – Jack explained how nervous he’d been in his first acting role.

He said, “I was an acting virgin and I was with old Joe Thomas box office superstar. I was desperate not to upset anyone and on my best behaviour.

“I was terrified and nervous and looking for constant reassurance from the director.

“I’m normally pretty good, even in spaces like the O2, but stand-up’s my job and my comfort zone.

“But this – I’d do a set, come off screen and had no idea if it was good.”

Jack will star alongside Greg McHugh, Zawe Ashton, Kimberley Nixon and Charlotte Ritchie when the show airs this autumn.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.