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‘Teletubbies’ Tinky Winky Actor Reportedly Sacked For ‘Misinterpreting’ Character

Teletubbies 'Tinky Winky' actor Dave Thompson was reportedly sacked for 'misinterpreting the character to be gay' in 1997. 
Credit: BBC

Teletubbies ‘Tinky Winky’ actor Dave Thompson was reportedly sacked for ‘misinterpreting the character to be gay’ in 1997. 

The children’s programme ran from 1997-2001 and gained legions of young fans, but Thompson left after the first run of episodes citing ‘creative differences.’

However, the Mirror has reported that the actor was ‘asked to leave,’ for ‘being ‘too effeminate’ which at the time ‘wasn’t acceptable.’

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Tinky Winky
The popular children’s TV programme ran from 1997-2001. Credit: BBC

Speaking in an interview with Independent, the actor said: “I wasn’t given any clues as to what I was doing wrong. I was officially asked to leave in a letter from an accountant just before everyone else went off to the end-of-shooting wrap party.

“Although I’d already been given the idea that they might let me go, the two directors had told me they were happy with Tinky Winky and I felt I was doing my best.

“I am proud of my work for them. I was always the one to test out the limitations of the costume.

“I was the first to fall off my chair and rollover. I took all the risks.”

In a separate interview, he opened up about how it all started, telling Echo News: “The whole thing about Tinky Winky being camp came from the fact he had a red handbag – all the Teletubbies have got a favourite toy.

“The idea is they found these objects and chose one and they played with it.

“Adults are projecting adult sexuality onto a children’s cuddly toy.

The Teletubbies are reuniting for a 25th-anniversary album which is being released on October 15. 

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