Al Porter quits Today FM after claims of inappropriate behaviour
‘I at no time intended to upset anyone,’ comedian says in apology
Al Porter: “I am truly sorry for any distress I may have caused in what I had regarded as light-hearted and good-natured circumstances”
Al Porter has resigned from Today FM, where he had presented a lunchtime show since February this year, after allegations of inappropriate behaviour. The comedian said that “while my conduct, which had been in keeping with my flamboyant and outrageous public persona, may be regarded as offensive and unacceptable by many people, I at no time intended to upset anyone.
“Up until now I had been unaware of these complaints or the impact of my conduct, and I am truly sorry for any distress I may have caused in what I had regarded as light-hearted and good-natured circumstances.”
Today FM accepted his resignation on Sunday afternoon.
In a tweeted statement Porter said, “I have been completely taken aback by reports in the media and on the social networks over the weekend, and by the scale and tone of the vitriol. Although, on legal advice, I cannot comment on specific allegations at the present time, I nonetheless sincerely apologise to anyone I may have genuinely offended.”
The 24-year-old comedian, who has been on stage since he was a child, said he had “come to the personal decision that I need time away from the spotlight after decades in the entertainment industry”.
He also hosted the TV3 television show Blind Date and was scheduled to star in the Olympia Theatre’s Christmas pantomime. He is due to make a BBC Radio 4 comedy to air in 2018, although the British broadcaster said the show had not yet begun production. On Saturday evening TV3 cancelled its repeat of the final episode of Blind Date. The station said it would be inappropriate to broadcast it.