Former comedian Jim Davidson has set social media ablaze after admitting he takes a hands-off approach to nappy changing.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, the dad-of-five admitted out-sourcing the nappy changing ‘to au pairs’.

"I used to get an au pair girl and nannies and things like that, you pay people. Do you clean your own windows? Exactly, so that’s it," he said during a discussion about men caring for their kids.

And viewers were outraged, with one venting, "Nobody particularly likes changing nappies, but it has to be done – if you care about your child, you get on with it. It’s not a case of man vs. Woman: if you’re the child’s parent, you do it. Equal responsibility. It’s a privilege to care for your child."

"Course they should, real men do it, men who don’t are just lazy," agreed another.

And broadcaster Jamie East, who also appeared on the GMB segment, pointed out that the ‘hands off dad’ approach was very much part of an older generation’s mindset and insisted, "all those views will be dead in 20 years."

The item was inspired by a controversial interview with comedian Russell Brand  in The Sunday Times this weekend.

In the interview, Russell  confessed that he leaves much of the practical side of parenting to his wife Laura Gallacher.

He explained he was, "very, very focused on the mystical connotations of Mabel’s beauty and grace. Not so good on the nappies and making sure that they eat food."

The interview sparked an immediate social media pushback, with author and journalist Hadley Freeman tweeting: "Russell Brand pitching himself as some New Age, all new, mature and sensitive dad – and then saying he’s too sensitive to do any actual parenting is the most Russell Brand thing I’ve ever read in my life."

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