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If You Give A Fool Leverage He Would Grow To Become The President – Frank Edoho

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Veteran media personality, Frank Edoho has opened up on the reason he claps back at internet trolls.

According to the 51-year-old, he decided to reply trolls over speculations that he was sacked as host of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” TV quiz show.

He explained that he clapped back at the trolls because the news of his sack was fake.

Edoho disclosed this in the latest episode of the Teju Babyface Deep Dive Podcast, hosted by comedian Olateju Oyelakin, aka Teju Babyface.

He opined that celebrities should not allow trolls get away with insults, as this would end up giving them more power.

According to Edoho: “I became the ‘king of clap back’ when they said I was dropped from ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ and then people started insulting me. People just came at me, you know.

“I never looked at it from the viewpoint that I can’t be insulted. But when you insult me for something that didn’t happen, or you’re just playing childish, or you just want to be corrosive, then I say that these people [trolls] deserve to be answered. Why? Number one, because everybody answers them. And if you give a fool leverage, the fool will grow to become the president of this country one day.

“You know why? Because everybody says, ‘No, don’t involve [yourself with trolls].’ Some actually sent me a message and said, ‘This your replies to trolls would disrupt your brand.’ I said, What brand? If I have a brand, I didn’t put it out there knowingly. I’m just a guy who loves broadcasting. I do ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ And before I got that job, I didn’t promise you that I would be on my best behaviour.

“The problem with these people [trolls] is that when they see people on TV, they see you as an actor or a proficient entertainer from any facet at all; they think that because you are there and people are looking up to you, they expect you to be perfect.”