Channel 4 has clarified why The Inbetweeners' official YouTube channel has disappeared.
This week has seen numerous shows removed from streaming services because of potentially insensitive content from the past — with Little Britain, The League of Gentlemen and Bo' Selecta among those pulled.
However, a Channel 4 spokesperson has denied that any potential "offence" was to blame for the decision to pull down The Inbetweeners' YouTube page in recent days.
"The rights owner of The Inbetweeners (outside the UK) has changed from DRG to Banijay Group," a channel representative clarified.
"So the standalone YouTube channel showing The Inbetweeners content has been taken down for the time being. The Inbetweeners full episodes are still available on All 4."
The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird did recently admit that he "just can't believe" the show would or should be made today, though he denied his character was "a poster boy" for misogynistic views on the show.
"There have been other shows where they've had those reunions much later, and the joke or the setup is still fundamentally the same, whereas with The Inbetweeners the joke was that these were kids," he told The Sunday Times' Culture magazine.
"They were saying and doing terrible things, but they got away with it because they weren't yet fully formed out. And when they are fully formed out, it will become more problematic."
Bird understandably then suggested a reboot of The Inbetweeners would be unwise, insisting it would be "depressing for everyone" to see the show reworked for 2020.
The Inbetweeners originally aired on Channel 4 for three series between 2008 and 2010, and later spawned two hit movies as well.
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