Speaking to Dorset Echo as he moored his luxury boat in Weymouth harbor for a two-day break, the 67-year-old revealed he recently spoke to pop star pedophile Gary Glitter.
The disgraced singer, real name Paul Gadd, is currently serving a 16-year sentence at HMP The Verne in Portland, Dorset, for sex offenses.
It has been reported that he may have to leave his current prison for an open prison in a few weeks.
Speaking to the newspaper regarding the imprisoned 77-year-old man, Jim said: “I spoke to Paul when I visited the Verne two years ago. He is remorseful and he seemed ready to start a new life. ”
The convicted pedophile was put behind bars in 2015 for indecent assault on young girls.
Having now served seven years of his 16-year sentence, it has been alleged that the governors of The Verne, where he currently resides, told him he was destined to be transferred to an open prison.
However, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland would have the power to block the proposed move.
Jim’s mention of Gary Glitter comes as he discusses the charity he co-founded, Care after Combat.
“I’m no longer with the charity, but it’s a great organization that has helped offenders, including those at HMP Portland and Verne,” he told Dorset Echo.
“Its main goal is to deal with veterans in the criminal justice system. “
In addition to discussing the pop star pedophile, the single comedian took the time to comment on the recent suspension of England pitcher Ollie Robinson due to historical sexist and racist tweets.
Speaking of social media posts from 2012 and 2013, Jim said, “The investigation of offensive tweets is ludicrous.
“It’s unfair to dig into the past on someone and show their point of view for something they said at the age of 19. His perspective would likely have changed over the past nine years.
“I think it was probably less talented cricketers who stitched it up,” he added.
Jim first came to prominence in the 1980s as the host of What’s on Next and several series of his own show, The Jim Davidson Show.
Over the years, he has been constantly criticized for his jokes targeting minority groups.
In October 2003, Jim refused to go on stage in Plymouth because he was alleged to oppose front row wheelchair users.
A spokesperson for the Plymouth Pavilions, where he was performing on a nationwide tour, said his act was aimed at customers with disabilities and which he would be unable to perform under the circumstances. ”
The comic responded with a statement saying, “Since everyone in the front row was in a wheelchair, I was concerned that it seemed like I was specifically targeting people with disabilities. in fact, part of the show is getting the audience to gang up on the front row. “