The comedian Jack Whitehall has said that he regrets making a vulgar joke about the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Appeared on BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs, he recalled his remark about a bladder infection Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz Of the Year 2012.
Whitehall said that he has upset his family, and is now “much more careful” about what he says, and “self-censor[s]”.
He said: “I have a relatively thick skin, but I never wanted to drag into it”.
After Whitehall made the joke in a pre-recorded episode of the quiz show, said that it was on the front of the newspapers “every day for a week.”
“That was not nice, because it was something I said that caused them to upset, and that was the piece that hurt the most,” he added.Tonioli in tears on Desert Island Discs
The 29-year-old told presenter Kirsty Young that in the early stages of his career gave his family the “best version” of himself.
Whitehall’s relationship with his father, Michael, has been stressed by the joint venture for the TV show Backchat and Travel With My Father.
But, he insists on the fact that the more tender moments on the screen can never be expected.
“We are not talking about emotions, as a family, we are not necessarily very well, but it’s amazing.”Family sacrifice
Whitehall has admitted the nature of his work meant spending time with relatives was sometimes sacrificed.
“I had very bad. I’d like to come back to life, when on a show, and I’d like to be optimistic and fun, and when I was with [my family], I was a bit”nervous” and on the edge and anxiety to the work.
“And then I made a conscious effort, I was like, I need to spend more time with them and to be careful that I never do, and never take advantage of that, because I am so close to my family, and are so supportive.”
He said that the program has upset him when people would suggest his success has been down to his father’s career as a celebrity agent.
“To become a stand-up comedian, the fact that my dad to look after Christopher Biggins does not necessarily help you to get stage time.
“The bits of needles in me, and now I have said to people needle me more!”
Desert Island Discs is on BBC Radio 4 at 11.15 am GMT on Sunday, or listen later on iPlayer