Earlier this week, a number of high-profile comedians piled on to The Fat Jew, otherwise known as Josh Ostrovsky, with accusations of joke plagiarism, saying that he shamelessly steals the material he shares on various platforms.

Patton Oswalt went as far as urging Ostrovsky’s fans to unfollow him on social media, while Comedy Central acknowledged the backlash by announcing that their planned series with him would not go ahead. 

The Fat Jew himself has finally responded to the plagiarisms accusations in an interview with Vulture, essentially acknowledging that his policy of sharing other people’s content without sourcing or attribution is not really good or cool.

Explaining how his operation works, he told the publication:

My interns and I find pop-culture stuff that’s hyperrelevant and that’s going to resonate with people, and when it feels right, we put it up. At the end of the day, I get it: I should have been providing attribution for all posts. It’s always been important to me. The internet is a vast ocean of stuff, and sometimes it’s hard to find the original source of something. I now realize that if I couldn’t find a source for something, I probably shouldn’t have posted it in the first place.

He also told the publication that, starting this week, he’ll go back through his massively popular posts and find the sources for all of them, taking them down if he can not. 

When asked how the joke theft situation got to out of hand, he said he feels “remiss” that he didn’t begin properly attributing his content once his following grew and added “I’ve been doing moronic stuff since before social media existed.”

As for the fate of his TV show, he said:

The Comedy Central project was a scripted show. Eighteen months ago we started developing the pilot, and then mutually came to the agreement that we didn’t love what we were creating together. It sort of just died a natural death.

via Vulture