Olly Alexander has taken the 179 complaints about his New Year’s Eve show being ‘too sexy’ in his stride, as he laughed off the furore.
The Years & Years star, 31, had performed on BBC One to ring in the new year, but his dance moves proved a little too much for some, who complained to Ofcom.
However, Olly managed to laugh at the blushes he caused, revealing on The One Show on Friday that he was taking it as a compliment.
He told hosts Alex Jones and Rylan Clark: ‘Yes. Yeah, there were some complaints that the show was too sexual, so what can I say? It’s a hard life!’
Olly added: ‘It’s just an entertainment show, you know. If it’s too sexy for some people… I’m going to go for 200 next time!’
As well as his singing career, Olly received high praise for his role as Ritchie Tozer in It’s A Sin, exploring the AIDs crisis in the 80s.
Olly Alexander laughed off the criticism that his show was ‘too sexy’ (Picture: Per Ole Hagen/Redferns)
Olly admitted that he had a lot to learn about the difficulties gay men faced when the virus first surfaced, as so much of it was kept under wraps at the time.
He also believes the stigma around having AIDs has not completely been eradicated, explaining: ‘No, I think the stigma is definitely still there.
‘Even doing It’s A Sin, the reaction and the kind of conversations it caused did show me that there is still a stigma out there.’
Revealing the impact the show had on viewers, he added: ‘I think it is really about just continuing to spread the awareness and also make sure people know that the care is out there for them and there are choices available for them to make for their own healthcare and stuff like that.’
The One Show airs weekdays from 7pm on BBC One.
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