Jimmy Carr has opened up on his relationship with the late Sean Lock, who he worked alongside for many years, and the support he received from him after his tax avoidance scandal.
The comedian, 49, was left heartbroken after the death of Sean, 58, in August and recalled how much Sean had been there for him in the toughest moments.
Jimmy had come under fire in 2012 after he was accused of being part of a tax avoidance scheme, which he then pulled out of an apologised for a ‘terrible error of judgment.’
He credits Sean with helping him bring his career back after that, telling The Guardian: ‘When that’s happening to you, you never forget the people who were good to you. And he was so good to me.
‘He said: “Are you OK? All right, we’ll handle this.” And then he went out there, was super funny about it, no judgment.’
Jimmy revealed that Sean helped him make light of his actions, which Jimmy maintains were ‘entirely legal’, and help him weather the storm.
Sean joked at the time: ‘We all like to put a bit of money away for a rainy day, but I think you’re more prepared than Noah.’
Jimmy paid back the tax he owed because he felt it was ‘morally’ the right thing to do, adding: ‘I was publicly shamed for tax avoidance and it was very clear what I had to do: say sorry and pay it back. I didn’t have to…
‘It was as if I’d been on PAYE all the way through. I did that, and then people took the p**s, which is the modern equivalent of being in the stocks. I took a tomato to the face from Sean Lock.’
Jimmy also believes the two of them became something of a double act after filming 8 out of 10 Cats together for so long.
He joked: ‘After he died I looked back and went: “Hang on – was I in a double act?” We did 250 TV shows together and I sort of didn’t notice.
‘I mean, I don’t think he’d view me as a comedy partner. He’d say: “Get over yourself – I’m much funnier.”’
Sean died in August after battling cancer, with Off The Kerb Productions saying in a statement: ‘It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock.
‘He died at home from cancer, surrounded by his family. Sean was one of Britain’s finest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning wit and the absurdist brilliance of his work, marked him out as a unique voice in British comedy.
‘Sean was also a cherished husband and father to three children. Sean will be sorely missed by all that knew him. We kindly request that the privacy of his family and children is respected at this difficult time.’
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