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.
CARE was contacted earlier this evening regarding a performance during the BGR closing ceremony that was described as harassing and offensive. As a result, a CARE advocate responded to campus to offer support to students.
— CARE at Purdue (@CAREatPurdue) August 19, 2018
Some have taken to Twitter using the hashtag #AndyGrossIsGross to voice their concerns with the show:
Seeing the Class of 2022 and BGR staff take a stand against Andy Gross's disgusting "performance" makes me proud to be a Boilermaker. Sexual harassment/assault is not a joke and will NEVER be tolerated. #AndyGrossIsGross
— Jonathan Carter (@jjcart21) August 19, 2018
In case you were confused, Andy Gross performed tonight at Purdue University and made several unwanted sexual advances towards a female student participant who left crying. Spread the word. #AndyGrossIsGross
— Drew Hatfield (@drew_hattfield) August 19, 2018
Andy Gross is someone who should not be aloud to continue to perform. He was sexually harassing someone on stage in front of 7,000+. This doesn’t reflect Purdue at all and I’m so proud that all of the students are united against this #AndyGrossIsGross
— Cballer (@CameronBall8) August 19, 2018
Huge discomfort at Andy Gross’s performance at BGR. Very uncomfortable sexual jokes, participants crying afterwards... Tears in audience as well. Many started walking out, eventually all did. TL’s/supers are apologizing. “This isn’t BGR, this isn’t us.”
— Ryan (@rgrunsten) August 19, 2018
pretty sure purdue students are willing to put our rivalry with iu on hold so that we can put all of our vengeful energy into ending andy gross’s career #AndyGrossisGross
— leah (@lkline1998) August 19, 2018
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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