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Comedian Jack Dee feels like he’s been ‘left in the gutter’ after BBC show axe

Comedian Jack Dee has spoken out about how he feels "left in the gutter" after the axe of his BBC show, HelpDesk.

Jack, best known for his iconic stand-up routines as well as roles in TV shows like Josh, Jonathan Creek and Silent Witness, claimed the idea for the programme was "stolen" by rivals.

The 60-year-old opened up about his cancelled show, which consisted of Jack as host and a panel of four comedians, who would dole out advice to members of the studio audience to help solve their problems.

Topics for the show included the 2015 election, 2016 Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.

Speaking about the show – which was cancelled in 2017 after just three series – Jack explained to RadioTimes: "We did about six shows on BBC2 handling the country’s problems around Brexit and various other issues.

"I wish that show had gone a bit further because I think it was such a fun format.

"Which, of course, Question Time then stole from us," he retorted.

He added: "They’re the ones who’ve carried on, and I’ve been left in the gutter as usual."

But the star wasn’t letting the axe get him down completely, as his typical dry humour was evident as he later quipped that a lads' mag's "reinvention" had failed.

He explained he'd had an agony uncle column in Loaded when they "briefly tried to reinvent themselves".

Jack claimed he was one of the reasons the reinvention had failed, quipping: "Maybe it’s because I wouldn’t go topless like most of their stars."

Now Jack is stepping back into the shoes of agony uncle with the release of his new book What Is Your Problem? – in which he will return to tackling people’s dilemmas.

Promoting the book in an interview with Express.co.uk, Jack hit out at "cancel culture" – with comedians in the firing line.

He told the publication: "There are also comedians out there having a difficult time, being cancelled and barred from different venues for not holding the very orthodox, politically correct views.

"Because by nature people are tolerant, we have tolerated intolerance and ultimately perhaps that's created the problem."

Jack's full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

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