A circus clown has been fired for being too scary.

Clown gets the sack

Clown gets the sack

Doug Child, who has taken on the role of Rellik the Psycho Clown at the Circus of Horrors attraction site, has reportedly been asked to tone down the scare factor by taking on the role of a tamer character, lessen the fearsome act or to leave the position he has held for two years because his audiences find him too terrifying, the Mirror Online has reported.

Speaking about the incident, Doug said: ''I am devastated, I have work in the FearFestival in Chepstow for Halloween but then that's it.

''The Circus of Horrors have said if I can come up with an alternative character they will consider it but, at the moment, I will be heading for the job centre on November 1.''

The popular venue have offered a number of potential options for Doug because the ''Killer Klown outbreak'' last year has left people thinking they are at risk of being ''harmed''.

The creator of Circus of Horrors, Dr Haze, said: ''Our philosophy has always been that people like to be scared and not be harmed but with last year's Killer Klown outbreak people began to fear that they would be harmed.

''Stephen Kings 'IT' is a different thing; it is clearly a movie and Pennywise isn't going to jump out of the screen, whereas our Killer Klown could.

''With another copycat killer clown outbreak expected this Halloween, we decided to go down a different route to create a scare that wouldn't put people off coming.''

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