There were awkward moments in the show and to a degree, it certainly felt like some people wanted to be there more than others, but I sort of enjoyed ‘The Inbetweeners: Fwends Reunited’.
With that, I was pretty shocked the next day when it turned out that most people on Twitter absolutely hated it, leaving James Buckley – Jay in the sitcom – to tweet an apology, saying that he felt pretty hated…
Almost a full month later though, the dust has settled and honestly, people forgot that the two-hour special even happened.
That is until Buckley spoke out about the special on his podcast Completed It Mate, where he explained:
“It became a thing that wasn’t a celebration of this good thing I did in my life, it was me being taken the piss out of for hours on end.
I didn’t have the personality or the intelligence to cope with it, especially when you’re up against someone like Jimmy Carr, who’s super quick and super funny.
So I come across as a complete moron through the whole thing.“
He went on to say how he felt pressured into behaving like Jay more than his actual self too, continuing:
“I got caught where I was acting up as Jay because there was an audience there of Inbetweeners fans and I got caught in this spot between Jay and myself where myself was going, ‘You’re acting like a f**king idiot, you’re being a moron, you’re being a d***.
And there was this bit where it was like, ‘Well they’re all here and they want you to be Jay, so do it.’
When the audience was there, I didn’t want to seem like a stick in the mud.
I didn’t want to go, ‘Can we stop for a second because I don’t know what the f***’s going on here – you’re talking to me like I’m Jay from The Inbetweeners. I’m really not’.
So that was another one of the reasons why it was a disaster.“
Poor guy. I genuinely enjoyed his candid speech when he was picking up the award as the show came to a close. He really seemed to care about The Inbetweeners and what it meant to certain people. It’s just a shame that Channel 4 wheeled Jimmy Carr out to spout generic insults at everyone whilst interrupting actually good, off-the-cuff moments from the cast.
James Buckley went on to say that despite the general vibe, he and the rest of The Inbetweeners cast are indeed friends, and that the sitcom wouldn’t have worked if they didn’t like each other, as was speculated by viewers of the special.
Better luck next time, I suppose.
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