Stand-up comedian Daniel Fernandes had faced severe backlash after he allegedly made fun of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and mental health in his comic act. In the video which he had shared online on January 11, Daniel had touched up SSR’s death, the media coverage and how his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty was treated. He has now issued an apology wherein he admitted to making a factual error. However, other than that, he said that he stands by everything else he has said.
“My recent stand-up video appears to have offended a lot of fans of the late Sushant Singh Rajput, many of who have pointed out that an apology is in order. And I agree!” Daniel wrote in his apology letter on his Instagram.
He further added, “As a comedian, my intention is always only to entertain you and make you laugh, but sometimes in that endeavour it is possible that I might evoke an unfavorable response.”
He continued, “That being said, I would like to address my mistake. Towards the end of this bit, I said that Rhea has been acquitted of her charges. That is factually incorrect. She has been released on bail. For some weird reason, I used the word “acquitted” by mistake in the Pune show. It is definitely not how I have written and performed it elsewhere. I take that back and apologize to anyone whose feelings may have been hurt.
“Also, through an editing oversight, one of my favourite jokes from this set got left out of the final cut. To fix this, I will upload a new version of this video with that joke next week.”
He concluded saying, “I stand by everything else I said.”
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