Hitchin man who appeared in 40 Year Old Virgins denies fake claims
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A MAN has caused controversy after appearing on Channel 4’s 40 Year Old Virgins.
Clive Dancey, who lives in Hitchin according to his Twitter account, appeared on the prime time TV show, which aired last week.
Viewers saw him apparently losing his virginity to a blonde therapist on the show.
But national media reported this week that Mr Dancey, who is an actor, actually wasn’t a virgin after all.
The claims have been strenuously denied by both Channel 4 and Mr Dancey.
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A spokesman from Channel 4 said: “Programme makers were fully aware that Clive has enjoyed acting in pantomimes and extra work in his spare time – and acknowledge within the programme that he is a performer - however we strongly refute any allegation that the programme is in any way faked.
“Clive considered himself a virgin at the time of filming, and while he has had a small number of unsuccessful relationships in the past, he has had very limited physical contact and never fully consummated any relationship. The documentary is an accurate reflection what happened when Clive underwent sex therapy to help him with his intimacy issues.”
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The Comet tried to contact Mr Dancey, but he had not responded at the time of going to press.
However, on his Twitter account @actorclive, his profile was changed to read: “Yes I am an actor, I have made no secret of that, and yes the documentary is all genuine... there are pictures of me in the papers with friends, nothing more.”
And in a tweet to a friend before the programme aired, he said the show was not an acting job, but real life.
When the Comet spoke to Ofcom this week, the broadcast regulator said it had received several complaints – nine relating to the trailer prior to the show and four relating to the programme itself.
It has said it will launch an investigation into the trailer, and is still assessing the complaints about the programme.