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Comedian Joe Lycett explains the reason behind his fake partygate leak

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A comedian who shared a fake version of a report in partygate has explained why he did it.

Joe Lycett said ‘anger’ drove his social media stunt in which he shared a ‘leaked’ version of Sue Gray’s report – only to have it turn out to be a parody .

The 33-year-old TV star is said to have caused ‘chaos’ and ‘mass panic’ in the government after his joke tweet, written earlier this week, was taken seriously.

The bogus report appeared to be an official Cabinet Office document, with a heading, titled “A summary of my main findings”.

Lycett captioned the tweet: “BREAKING: Leaked Sue Gray report reveals shocking abuse of rules. Hard to see how the prime minister can hang on after that.

It is understood Ms Gray’s team are still working on the official investigation into the Downing Street party gate while in contact with the Metropolitan Police.

In a tweet, Lycett said: “I wrote jokes on Twitter, some stupid people (some in our government) found them plausible rather than funny and now I’m in most newspapers.

“I write comedies sometimes to use anger.

“I’m angry right now probably for the same reason a lot of other people are angry.

“At the start of the lockdown in 2020, my best friend died of cancer.

“But he died, when the lockdown started, and I wasn’t there because I was following the rules, and we had a little insufficient funeral, because we were following the rules, and I kicked his kids out of those funeral to Birmingham without any sort of wake, because we were following the rules, and it seemed unnatural and cruel and almost silly, but we did it because we followed the rules.

“So I guess like thousands of others with their own stories, I’m angry about this.”

Lycett explained that he had been a part-time carer for his friend and “watched him slip away” after being sick for several years.

He said he was not a “political comic” and “rarely” made outward political statements, but he wrote that this government left for “power and nothing else”.

Lycett added: “They easily burn down traditions and institutions if it helps them maintain their grip.

“To hell with my deceased friend, they think, and all your deceased friends and relatives.

“You followed the rules and we didn’t, but we’re in power and that’s all that matters, so spin it.

“So I get mad and write a few jokes about Sue Gray’s report, a report that probably won’t change anything and we’ll all be here in the not too distant future, in another scandal, with other liars.

“But for now you might be wondering how it feels to have been described in the newspapers as having caused ‘chaos’, ‘chaos’ and ‘mass panic’ among these people because of a few jokes.

“Let me be clear: this is absolutely fantastic.”

This isn’t the first time Lycett has performed a public stunt.

In July, the comedian stormed the set at Steph’s Packed Lunch after host Steph McGovern pointed to a photo of him using a plastic bottle after claiming he had given up using them.

He later revealed the walkout was a stunt aimed at raising awareness about single-use plastics.

In March 2020, Lycett legally changed its name to that of German luxury designer Hugo Boss after the brand used trademark claims to target small businesses and charities that use “boss” in their branding.

He then changed his name.

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