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Laurence Fox apologises over controversial GB News comments

Laurence Fox apologises over controversial GB News comments
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Laurence Fox issues an apology to Ava Evans following controversial comments he made on GB News earlier this week.

Laurence Fox has issued an apology to journalist Ava Evans following controversial comments he made about her on GB News earlier this week.

The actor-turned-politician was appearing on Dan Wootton's evening show when he hit out at Evans, alleging that she had made dismissive comments about the male suicide epidemic, before remarking: "Who'd want to shag that?"

Fox, who hosts a Friday night programme on the channel, was suspended by the broadcaster soon after - as was Wootton, who was criticised for not pulling him up on his comments.

The ensuing scandal has dominated the media headlines ever since and although Fox has repeatedly hit out at GB News' decision to drop him, he did take to social media on Thursday night to apologise to Evans.

In a video he told followers: "If I was going to be sensible and I could replay it, I would say: 'Any self-respecting man in 2023 would probably be well advised to avoid a woman who possessed that world view because she would probably cause him nothing but harm'.

"But what I did say was, you know, 'I wouldn't shag that', and all that sort of stuff, which is not right. It's demeaning to her, to Ava, so I'm sorry for demeaning you in that way.

"However angry I am with you still for doing that, and it demeans me because it's not representative of who I am.

"I know I'm going to get sacked tomorrow. I'm saying this stuff to clear my own conscience."

He added: "I express my apology to Ava for the language used, but I maintain the sentiment."

Fox's Friday night slot will be taken over by Patrick Christys until a final decision - and potential replacement - is decided upon by GB News.

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