Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Nob Nation star Callan: I'm not homophobic, I'm gay

RTE star Oliver Callan has come out as gay after he was accused of being homophobic.

The 30-year-old impressionist, who has recently been embroiled in controversy over his bust-up with Kerry GAA footballer Paul Galvin, announced in public for the first time on RTE's 'The Saturday Night Show' that he is a gay man.

The 'Nob Nation' star said on the show that he felt compelled to come out about his sexuality after accusations surfaced claiming he was prejudiced against gay people.

"I'm bemused by this," he said.

"Let's get the record straight. I'm not a homophobe because I'm gay. Big deal."

Recently, All-Star footballer Mr Galvin complained that he was "excruciatingly embarrassed" when the satirist did an impression of him.

Mr Callan said he never set out to offend Mr Galvin.

He said he decided to lampoon the football fashionista after watching a documentary where the footballer spoke of his keen fashion sense.

"I didn't set out to offend the man. It's a pity he didn't laugh at it. What more can I say?"

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