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Billy Connolly says he regrets calling photographer a 'f**king c**t'

The Scottish comedian previously said that he had “no regrets” after shouting at the female photographer at a show in in Killarney in 2013
Sir Billy Connolly (Matt Crossick/PA)

Sir Billy Connolly (Matt Crossick/PA)

Neasa Cumiskey

Billy Connolly has said that he wants to apologise to a photographer that he told to “get the f**k out” during one of his Irish gigs.

The Scottish comedian, who is currently battling Parkinson’s Disease, previously said that he had “no regrets” after shouting at the female photographer at a show in the INEC at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney in 2013.

Now, Billy has said that he would like to apologise to Valerie O’Sullivan for his actions.

During a Facebook Live, the 79-year-old said: “I attacked her ten times more severely than I should have. I don’t even know if she went off, but I was wild and the atmosphere got icy.

“I’ve regretted it deeply ever since. I meant to apologise to her, I couldn’t find her. The papers in Ireland all attacked me for it cause I was swearing and the particular swear words I was using.

“I’d love to meet her and apologise to her for it. I’d love to do the show again and do it right,” he added.

Reports at the time revealed Connolly reduced Ms O'Sullivan, an award-winning photographer, to tears as he shouted “get the f*** out of here” and called her a “f***ing c**t” in front of the audience.

After the clash, the Big Yin tweeted: “I seem to have caused a little ripple on the Lakes of Killarney by telling a photographer to get the Hell out of my eye line. No regrets.

“The photographer from Killarney seems to have run to the media weeping about the big bad comedian who gave her a hard time. Boo Hoo.”

Patrick O’Donoghue of the Gleneagle Hotel said that O’Sullivan had permission to photograph the Billy Connolly performance.

“The numerous messages of goodwill and support that we have received is testament to the high regard in which she is held within the local community,” he said in a statement. “The INEC regret any upset caused to Valerie.”


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