The 51-year-old journalist returns to our screens tonight with a new documentary across the internet and social media in the US. Louis delves into the dark world of online extremists and unravels what attracts their young, often male, fanbase. The moderator chats with some of the influencers behind the spread of far-right ideologies. Louis confronts racist, misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic views often expressed by online stars under the guise of “irony”.
One of them is far-right commentator Nick Fuentes, who broadcasts his own show from his parents’ basement in the documentary.
Louis, who previously lived in the US, lives in London with his wife, TV producer Nancy Strang, and their three sons.
He is known for his curious but non-judgmental interviewing style in documentaries covering a range of topics.
His 2018 film Love Without Limits, about polyamorous relationships, even got Louis thinking about his own family.
The journalist referenced the film during an appearance on Australian TV show The Project in 2019 when discussing his cousin Justin’s marriage to Jennifer Anniston.
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He told presenter Lisa Wilkinson: “One of the things I learned doing a documentary about polyamory.
“She [Justin and Jennifer] aren’t polyamorous, that’s not the point here.
“[I learned that] They don’t judge relationships by their longevity.
“You judge them by the amount of happiness they produce.”
Hollywood actor Justin married ‘Friends’ star Jennifer in Los Angeles in 2015.
“I think I was just thinking about the end of this relationship.
“My immediate next thought was like, ‘That’s kinda cool that he’s dating someone famous.'”
Louis also recalled the moment he finally met Jennifer, whose recent work has included film credits such as Murder Mystery.
He said: “She seems really nice as far as I can tell.
“I later met her a couple of times and she always struck me as great.”
Louis Theroux’s Forbidden America airs tonight on BBC Two from 9pm to 10pm.