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Jack Dee ridicules Strictly Come Dancing celebrities after becoming self-professed ‘agony uncle’: ‘Cheer up or clear off!’

Jack Dee didn’t hold back when mocking celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing, telling them to ‘cheer up or clear off’ after becoming a self-professed ‘agony uncle’.

Jack, who is known for his deadpan sense of humour, has written a new book called What is Your Problem, which addresses how to cope with ‘life’s major dilemmas’, after the comedian completed a four-hour online psychotherapy course during lockdown.

While some might expect a self-help guide to provide soothing and comforting words, Jack explained on Thursday’s This Morning that his book is less a ‘metaphorical hug’ and more a ‘metaphorical slap round the face’.

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, he said that he is ‘sick of celebrities coming out there telling people what to do when they have no idea what they’re talking about’.

However, in his opinion, he doesn’t fall into that category, wryly stating: ‘I know what I’m doing, I know what I’m talking about.’

Jack continued, referring to the famous individuals who go on Strictly and the interviews some may conduct when they open up about their lives.

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Jack says his book gives readers a ‘metaphorical slap round the face’ (Picture: ITV)
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There are currently eight celebrities left in the competition (Picture: Ray Burmiston/BBC)

‘Celebrities nowadays, they don’t know what they’re doing. Half the time they’re running around on Strictly, saying they’re having the best time of their life, two weeks later they’re on the front cover of Radio Times saying “I’m so depressed”,’ he said.

‘Well, you know, sort it out! Make a choice. Cheer up or clear off.’

Reactions to Jack’s appearance on This Morning proved divisive among viewers, with some finding him hilarious and others criticising his approach to mental health.



‘Jack Dee on #ThisMorning has had me cracking up,’ one person said, while another said that they thought he was ‘speaking the truth on celebrity culture’.

‘Jack Dee undoing all of This Morning’s work on depression and mental health in one interview. There’s tongue in cheek and then there’s downright irresponsible language,’ someone else remarked.

During a recent interview with The Sun, Jack opened up about his personal experience with depression, saying that therapists would laugh in his face when he attended sessions.

‘I have tried having psychotherapy but there is something about my face. They start corpsing when I start talking,’ he said.

‘I could be telling them my problems and then they start giggling and have to apologise. I thought, “This isn’t working.”’

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.


Credit: Original article published here.

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