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Hundreds of students walk out of Andy Gross show at Purdue University

Posted: 11:03 AM, Aug 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-21 15:23:34Z

LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Hundreds of students walked out of the Andy Gross show Saturday night at Purdue University after multiple people who reached out to RTV6 and took to social media said he made several sexually harassing comments. 

Andy Gross, who is an entertainer, performed at Elliott Hall of Music and asked a female student to place her hand on his leg to see what card she had, according to social media reports and students who were at the show.

Purdue University has released the following statement regarding the show: 

On Saturday night, a comedian performed as part of our BGR student orientation closing session. Accounts differ as to what exactly happened on stage, but some portions of the performance were clearly inappropriate and contrary to the university’s values of respect and support for all. We will not work with this comedian again and are proud of our students who are standing up and voicing their concerns about the performance

Students then began to walk out because they said they felt uncomfortable and disgusted.

CARE at Purdue will be on campus offering support to anyone who was at the show last night. 

Some have taken to Twitter using the hashtag #AndyGrossIsGross to voice their concerns with the show: 

The company that represents Andy Gross released the following statement:

Andy Gross is profoundly sorry that students at Purdue University were offended during his show this past weekend.  Andy has performed all segments of last weekend’s act for many years without complaint, including in venues such as the Laugh Factory, the Comedy Store, the Improv, and dozens of venues throughout the United States and abroad. Andy has never before been accused of sexual misconduct or harassment. Andy was oblivious and naive about the current environment on college campuses, and he sincerely regrets causing any offense or discomfort to any student participating. Andy has chosen to no longer perform on college campuses in the future. Further, he plans to change the parts that upset Purdue’s students.  Again, Andy Gross sincerely regrets causing offense or discomfort.

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