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Entertainment Katherine Ryan quit Mock the Week to stop taking spots from female comedians

16:51  30 june  2020
16:51  30 june  2020 Source:   digitalspy.com

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Katherine Ryan has addressed why she quit appearing on Mock the Week . Since its premiere in 2005, Mock the Week has featured a number of comedians “But I had to stop doing it because I knew that every time I was booked on that show I was taking a job away from one of my female peers.

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Hugh Dennis, Josh Widdicombe, James Acaster, Dara O'Briain, Matt Forde, Katherine Ryan, Andy Parsons posing for the camera: Katherine Ryan has revealed her reasons for leaving the panel show Mock The Week, after appearing from 2012 to 2015. © Angst Productions/Ken McKay - BBC Katherine Ryan has revealed her reasons for leaving the panel show Mock The Week, after appearing from 2012 to 2015.

Katherine Ryan has explained her reason for no longer appearing on Mock the Week.

The comedian spoke about her time on the show on her podcast, Telling Everybody Everything, and said she didn't want to be the "pedestal feminism".

"I love Mock the Week," she said. "I love Dara [Ó Briain], I think that that show has given a platform for so many British comedians.

Katherine Ryan sitting in a chair talking on a cell phone © Netflix Katherine Ryan

"But I had to stop doing it because I knew that every time I was booked on that show I was taking food out of the mouth of another woman.

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Mock the Week . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As part of the general format of the show, performers take part in a mixture of quiz-styled games (often described as "rounds"), in which they answer with comedic responses or made-up, on the spot answers, perform stand-up comedy , and

Mock The Week began in June 2005 and has aired 14 series since, with Dara O'Brien and Hugh Dennis the only two permanent fixtures to have stayed with it since its launch. Gina Yashere (eight), Katherine Ryan and Holly Walsh (both seven) are also familiar faces to viewers, while Jo Brand, Jo

"I was never taking James Acaster's spot, I was never taking Ed Gamble's spot on that show, I was always 100% of the time taking a job away from one of my female peers."

Katherine, who appeared on the show between 2012 and 2015, added: "I thought, 'OK, I've had my time on this show, and now I have to give it to someone else.'

"As much as I loved to do it – it really helped me open up a fresh audience, I loved to go on there and play with all the other comics.

Hugh Dennis, Josh Widdicombe, James Acaster, Dara O'Briain, Matt Forde, Katherine Ryan, Andy Parsons sitting posing for the camera: Mock the Week © Angst Productions/Ken McKay - BBC Mock the Week

"But I couldn't do it anymore because of that fact alone – 'No, Mock the Week doesn't have a problem with women, look, Katherine Ryan's on the show.' Nuh uh. And now look, they will let two of us on in the same week!"

Since the show started in 2005, it has featured numerous female comedians, including Jo Brand and Sarah Millican, although it wasn't until 2017 when two women were featured on the six-person panel at the same time.

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Andy Parsons has announced he is quitting Mock The Week to focus on other projects. The comedian , who has been a regular panellist on the topical Mock The Week has come under renewed fire in recent weeks for having never booked two female comedians on the same episode.

Katherine added: "I wasn't allowed to do the stand-up round, apart from once. And they always made me sit in the same chair.

"Do you remember, we'd always be on the right, in the middle, in case what? One of us menstruated? It had some like, leak protection?"

Katherine Ryan standing in front of a cake: Katherine Ryan on Hair © Pete Dadds - BBC Katherine Ryan on Hair

Katherine also added her frustrations about so much media having a 'one woman on the bill' mentality, saying: "I have emails from promoters that say, 'No Katherine. We can't have so-and-so on that night, the bill would be too female-heavy.'

"Imagine objecting to a bill that was too male-heavy? These are just the general micro-aggressions that we have to deal with every day.

"Yes, I'm on TV a lot as a guest. And I've been told to wear my hair down because I look less severe. I've had my wardrobe combed through by people with zero fashion editorial experience to make sure they like what I'm wearing.

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"Do you know most of the men just have to bring in something clean? And half the time they can't even manage that. I've been in rooms where we're choosing other contributors for shows.

"And the producers have said, 'No, she can't do it, she's too old for our audience'. But we'll hire a male comedian who's older than she is."

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