Rob Beckett is mistaken for the leader of Stop The Oil

EXCLUSIVE “I was just trying to get to work!” Rob Beckett is mistaken for the Stop The Oil frontman after the hapless comic was caught up in a rowdy eco-protest on his way to a London studio

  • Beckett was late for a recording of her new audiobook when her taxi could not arrive at the studio due to road closures caused by walking
  • After fleeing his taxi, he set off on foot and tried to push past the mocking crowd, but accidentally got caught up in the protests.
  • On Sunday, Stop The Oil protesters occupied London’s bridges and lay in the middle of the road as they brought the capital to a standstill
  • Met Police have confirmed they have made 31 arrests on the second day of a month-long campaign to protest soaring energy prices and the climate crisis

Comedian Rob Beckett has been unwittingly mistaken for one of the leaders of today’s Stop The Oil protests in London – in a desperate attempt to get down to business.

The comedian, 36, was late for a recording of his new audiobook Parenting Hell when his taxi couldn’t arrive at the studio due to road closures caused by the march.

After fleeing his taxi, he set off on foot wearing brightly colored Crocs and tried to push past the mocking crowd, but accidentally got caught up in the protests, tricking photographers and news crews into believing he was one of the main leaders of Stop The Oil.

Nightmare: Comedian Rob Beckett was unwittingly mistaken for one of the leaders of today’s Stop The Oil protests in London – in a desperate attempt to get down to business

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Rob said: ‘My taxi was trapped in London traffic due to a protest I knew nothing about.

“So I jumped in and decided to walk so I wouldn’t be late for my Parenting Hell audiobook recording.

‘I was wearing my comfortable tracksuit and Crocs which are perfect for the dark VO booth.

“I had no idea that I would accidentally be in the middle of a protest and end up leading the protest by mistake through Whitehall in my Crocs.

“I had news from ITV wondering why I was marching in an anti-oil protest while paparazzi were taking pictures. I was just trying to get down to business.

Don't bother me: Beckett tried to walk past the mocking crowds but accidentally got caught up in the protests

Don’t bother me: Beckett tried to walk past the mocking crowds but accidentally got caught up in the protests

The South London-born comedian, whose new BBC1 show Unbreakable starts on Thursday night, also told his 968,000 Instagram followers about his contact with the protests.

He had previously recorded his voiceover for the hit E4 series Celebs Go Dating before attempting to cross London for his second audio recording of the day.

Rob’s new book Parenting Hell, based on his popular podcast which he co-hosts with fellow comedian Josh Widdecombe, is out next Thursday.

Rowdy: Met Police have confirmed they have made 31 arrests on the second day of a month-long campaign of mayhem to protest soaring energy prices and the climate crisis

Rowdy: Met Police have confirmed they have made 31 arrests on the second day of a month-long campaign of mayhem to protest soaring energy prices and the climate crisis

On Sunday, Stop The Oil protesters occupied London’s bridges and lay in the middle of the road as they brought the capital to a standstill

Met Police have confirmed they have made 31 arrests on the second day of a planned month-long campaign of mayhem to protest soaring energy prices and the climate crisis.

The protests were the start of an “October uprising” revealed last week in an undercover Mail Sunday investigation.

Campaign to the rear: Stop The Oil protesters occupied London's bridges and lay in the middle of the road as they brought the capital to a standstill

Campaign to the rear: Stop The Oil protesters occupied London’s bridges and lay in the middle of the road as they brought the capital to a standstill

Just Stop Oil boasted of having “brought central London to a standstill by blocking four key bridges to Westminster – Waterloo, Westminster, Lambeth and Vauxhall”.

A JSO spokesperson said: ‘We will continue in civil resistance until this government takes immediate action to meet our demand to end the cost of living and climate crisis by halting the new oil and gas”.

“We must begin a rapid transformation towards a more just society, decided by ordinary people and paid for by those who profit from the destruction of humanity.”

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