Advertising worker hires an 'emotional support CLOWN' to attend his redundancy meeting

The clown attends the redundancy meeting in New Zealand to offer support

The clown attends the redundancy meeting in New Zealand to offer support

A New Zealand advertising executive facing the bleak prospect of being fired chose to inject a bit of humor into the situation, bringing a professional clown to his final meeting instead of a colleague for emotional support, according to a report Friday.

The antics of a New Zealand adman who hired a clown to be his support person while he was being fired have made worldwide headlines.

A New Zealand copywriter brought a professional clown as his support person to his redundancy meeting, local media reported on Friday.

Explaining his decision on Facebook, Thompson, who had been in the role since April, wrote: "A while ago, I got a job".

(File photo) Biju the clown poses for a photograph before a performance on October 17, 2015 at the Rambo Circus in Pimpri, India.

Subsequently, he admitted that his choice to be accompanied by the entertainer to the meeting where he was given his pink slip was a "touch unusual".

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It is understood the clown made balloon animals and mimed crying during the meeting as Thompson was given his marching orders.

A picture of meeting, taken through a boardroom's glass doors by an unknown spectator, is of compromised quality, though one can detect that Joe, the clown, is wearing a colorful hat and a yellow bib, and that Thompson, leaning back in his chair, indeed looks relaxed for someone in the process of getting laid off.

Auckland ad man Joshua Jack said he sensed the bad news when he received an email from his agency employer telling him they needed to have a meeting to discuss his role this week. "I definitely recommend bringing Joe or another clown".

"It was sort of noisy, him making balloon animals, so we did have to tell him to be quiet from time-to-time". Also, he thought there was a chance the meeting was about a promotion. A spokesperson did deny the whole thing was an attempt at a viral marketing campaign to promote the company.

Thompson, a budding stand-up comedian who goes by the name Joshua Jack on social media, has since found new employment at at DDB.

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