Chris Lilley’s lonely new life is revealed as he emerges in Sydney’s Bondi

Chris Lilley has gone from one of Australia’s top comedians to down and out in Bondi, after Netflix removed four of his shows last month in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

The 45-year-old is keeping a low profile in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and has steadfastly refused to address the controversy surrounding his work. 

Chris’s television series Summer Heights High, Jonah from Tonga, Angry Boys and We Can be Heroes were pulled on June 11 as streaming services worldwide removed offensive content in response to George Floyd protests.

In the dumped mockumentary-style shows Chris appeared in brownface as Tongan schoolboy Jonah Takalua, in blackface as US rapper S.mouse, and mocked up as stereotypical Chinese-Australian physics student Ricky Wong. 

Chris then came under fire after real-life Sydney student Filipe Mahe revealed his appearance in ABC documentary Our Boys was the inspiration for controversial Tongan character Jonah, leaving him feeling ‘angry and exploited’.

On Wednesday, Chris aggressively barged into a Daily Mail Australia photographer who attempted to ask about his shows being removed from the streaming platform.

He then sprinted back to his multimillion-dollar apartment.

Down and out in Bondi: Chris Lilley’s ‘lonely’ new life has been revealed after he emerged in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Wednesday. The once-celebrated comedian is facing a wave of backlash after Netflix removed four of his shows due to his blackface skits

On the run: Chris currently has no new projects in the pipeline, according to IMDb. Rather than filming and developing new characters, his days are filled with trips to the post office and lonely strolls along the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

On the run: Chris currently has no new projects in the pipeline, according to IMDb. Rather than filming and developing new characters, his days are filled with trips to the post office and lonely strolls along the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

The bizarre saga had begun earlier in the day, when Chris was pictured leaving his local post office.

After noticing the photographer, he turned and fled, circling through Bondi’s streets as he tried to avoid any questions about his once globally successful but now highly controversial oeuvre of television shows.

The funnyman then spent 30 minutes aimlessly walking around the beachside suburb, before making his way home.

It was at this point that he barged into the photographer and fled into his apartment building.

Spotted: The 45-year-old is keeping a low profile and steadfastly refusing to address the controversy surrounding his work

Spotted: The 45-year-old is keeping a low profile and steadfastly refusing to address the controversy surrounding his work

No comment! On Wednesday, Chris aggressively barged into a Daily Mail photographer who attempted to ask about his shows being removed from the streaming platform

No comment! On Wednesday, Chris aggressively barged into a Daily Mail photographer who attempted to ask about his shows being removed from the streaming platform

Spotted: Earlier in the day he was photographed leaving a local post office. Upon noticing a photographer, Chris bizarrely turned and started running around Bondi, appearing to be going to extreme measures to avoid any questions about his controversial career

Spotted: The bizarre saga had begun earlier in the day, when Chris was pictured leaving his local post office. Upon noticing the photographer, he turned and started running around Bondi, seemingly going to extreme measures to avoid questions about his controversial career

Chris currently has no new projects in the pipeline, according to IMDb.

Rather than filming and developing new characters, his days are filled with trips to the post office and lonely strolls along the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. He then returns home alone.

Chris is believed to be single. His last known relationship with Milly Gattegno from British pop band The Faders ended in 2016 after two years together.

Hot shoe shuffle: The funnyman then spent 30 minutes aimlessly walking around the beachside suburb before making his way home. It was at this point that he barged into the snapper and fled to his apartment building

Hot shoe shuffle: The funnyman then spent 30 minutes aimlessly walking around the beachside suburb, before making his way home. It was at this point that he barged into the snapper and fled to his apartment building

Defiant: Speaking to The Weekend Australian in 2019, the actor defended his 'mockumentary'-style comedy, insisting he wouldn't give in to naysayers. 'I'm not trying to do the thing that is trendy at the moment,' he said

Defiant: Speaking to The Weekend Australian in 2019, the actor defended his ‘mockumentary’-style comedy, insisting he wouldn’t give in to naysayers. ‘I’m not trying to do the thing that is trendy at the moment,’ he said

After Netflix Australia and New Zealand pulled four of Chris’ shows last month, he was spotted looking glum while out drinking in Bondi.

In light of the Black Lives Matter reckoning, Chris’ work has raised questions about racial discrimination as several of his characters were portrayed in blackface and brownface.

What is blackface? 

Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person.

It was prominently used in American minstrel shows in the 19th century. 

Minstrel shows usually featured white performers in blackface doing comic skits of black people. The performances often depicted black people in negative and stereotypical ways.

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