Richard Osman Reveals Industry Insiders Know Identity of Baby Reindeer Abuser

Unveiling the Dark Underbelly of the Entertainment World.

by Nouman Rasool
Richard Osman Reveals Industry Insiders Know Identity of Baby Reindeer Abuser
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During a frank episode of the podcast "The Rest Is Entertainment", when the guest was Richard Osman, the award-winning television personality and bestselling author, he supplied some explosive information that has thrown the industry into absolute upheaval: According to the author, the identity of the se-ual abuser portrayed in the gripping Netflix series "Baby Reindeer" is public knowledge among television insiders.

"Baby Reindeer" has gripped both sides of the Atlantic, arriving in this week as the number one show on Netflix UK and US. Created by Richard Gadd, it's an almost entirely autobiographical story based on a one-man show put on by Gadd at the Edinburgh Festival.

It follows the protagonist, Donny, who is haunted by past traumas of sexual abuse from Darrien, a prominent television writer, while simultaneously dealing with a stalker named Martha.

Industry's Open Secret

During the podcast, hosted alongside journalist Marina Hyde, Osman discussed the controversy surrounding the series, emphasizing the industry's whispered knowledge about the real-life counterpart of the abusive character, Darrien.

"As you say, there’s a very, very serious thing that happens with a male comedy producer and Richard Gadd, who, as you say, did the show in Edinburgh and has been very open to people in the industry about who that person was, so people in the industry know who that person was," Osman explained.

The discussion took a turn as Osman highlighted the complexities and misdirected accusations that have surfaced since the show's success. He pointed out that the actor cast to portray Darrien bears a striking resemblance to another industry professional who has been wrongfully associated with the allegations.

This unfortunate mix-up has led to severe repercussions, including death threats, prompting the accused to publicly declare his innocence. Adding to the whirlwind of speculation and controversy, Gadd recently took to Instagram to address the unintended consequences of the show's portrayal, specifically mentioning Sean Foley, a director and writer who has been unjustly caught up in the public speculation.

Gadd's plea for discretion was clear: "People I love, have worked with, and admire (including Sean Foley) are unfairly caught up in speculation. Please don’t speculate on who any of the real-life people could be. That’s not the point of our show."