04/08/2014 07:23 BST | Updated 04/08/2014 07:59 BST

Jim Davidson Makes Edinburgh Fringe Festival Debut, Insisting: ‘I'm Not A Sexist, Racist, Homophobic Comedian'

Jim Davidson has made his Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut, after insisting that he’s not racist, sexist or homophobic.

The comedian has often been criticised for his polarising sense of humour, however now, he’s spoken out, insisting that he isn’t the person many people think he is.

Jim Davidson

Speaking to The Guardian, Jim insists: “It is a difficult thing, comedy, and I'm on a loser.

"If I cured Aids and fed Africa and ended Ebola and found that missing aeroplane I'd still be that horrible racist, sexist, homophobic comedian. By people, with respect, who haven't seen me. Or are judging me from the past."

The 60-year-old’s debut show is ‘No Further Action’, the title of which is a reference to the nine months he spent under investigation as part of Operation Yewtree.

Jim has come under fire multiple times throughout his career after making jokes which were largely considered to be offensive.

In 2007, he left reality TV show ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ after a number of disagreements with fellow contestant Brian Dowling, who objected to Jim’s language and jokes, which included referring to him as a "shirt lifter".

However, despite multiple controversies Jim is still popular with the public and in early 2014, he was crowned winner of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’.

"Winning Big Brother came as a shock to everybody, including me, and especially Guardian readers I'm sure,” he tells the paper. “But what it has done it has brought a younger audience and they come to see me without any baggage.

"A lot of younger people don't even know who I am, so this is a chance to go up and have a go and round off a nice year. Not charged, win 'Big Brother' and now here."

Jim could be returning to TV screens soon too as earlier this year it was rumoured that his show ‘Big Break’ was being revamped by television bosses.

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