Louis Theroux says he ‘didn’t mean to offend Joe Wicks’ with viral impression

Documentary filmmaker said he apologised to the fitness coach and now they are working together on a new project

Ellie Harrison
Friday 19 November 2021 06:30
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Louis Theroux has reflected on the impression he did of Joe Wicks in a viral video, saying he believes the fitness coach’s “feelings were a little bit hurt” by it.

In April last year, the documentarian spoke of how he had become a big fan of Wicks’s online workouts. Speaking in a video for LADBible and putting on a cockney accent, Theroux did an impression of Wicks, saying: “Who’s there, you silly sausage? Who have we got streaming in? Silly sausage. Look at my barnet!”

Now, in a new interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, Theroux has reflected on the clip, saying: “I did an interview and talked about him [Joe Wicks]. I did an impression of him and it went slightly viral, minimally viral.

“I think he was possibly confused, maybe his feelings were even a little bit hurt. I had reason to speak to him on a podcast and I apologised. I said, ‘Your workouts really meant a lot. I didn’t mean to offend.’”

Theroux also said the pair are now working on a project together. “We’re doing a documentary. It’s a profile of Joe Wicks. He did an amazing episode of Desert Island Discs where he talked about his family and his parents. I’m not in it, I’m just helping to produce it.”

Wicks recently admitted he found it tough revisiting his upbringing for the upcoming documentary. He said he “buckled” when talking to his parents about the past.

Wicks’s father was addicted to heroin and his mother has suffered from acute OCD and eating disorders.

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