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British TV presenter Neil Buchanan has been forced to deny rumors that he’s actually the famed graffiti artist Banksy.

Buchanan, who was the former host of children’s UK program Art Attack, decided to clear up speculation after a social media rumor run rampant that he’s the artist.

“We have been inundated with enquiries over the weekend regarding the current social media story,” read a notice on the 58-year-old’s website. Unfortunately, this website does not have the infrastructure to answer all these enquiries individually, however we can confirm that there is no truth in the rumor whatsoever. Neil spent lockdown with vulnerable members of his family and is now preparing to launch his new art collection in 2021. Thank you and please stay safe.”

Buchanan hosted Art Attack between 1990 and 2007. There’s been talk of whether he was disguised as Bansky after Buchanan former’s band appeared in locations where Banksy’s art was displayed.

Twitter user, Scouseman, sparked the rumor on September 4, claiming, “Just heard that it’s rumored Neil Buchanan is Banksy. If true, it’s the funniest s–t ever. Aintree’s finest.

Banksy’s true identity has remained a mystery for many years. The England-based street artist is renowned for his politically themed pieces. The two names that are commonly associated with Banksy are Robert Banks and Robin Gunningham.

British DJ and musician Goldie appeared to confirm Banksy’s name was “Rob” or “Robert” in an interview for the Distraction Pieces podcast in 2017.

“No disrespect to [Rob/Robert], I think he is a brilliant artist,” the DJ said. “I think he has flipped the world of art over.”

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