Joey D'Auria, who played 'Bozo the Clown' for 17 years on WGN joined us via Skype today to discuss the clown sighting phenomenon and why people are so afraid of clowns.
D'Auria discussed how the fear of clowns stems from Hollywood's depiction of them in media.
"Clowns have been used a number of times, there was a movie called 'Killer Klowns from Outer Space,'" he said. "Didn't 'American Horror Story' do a whole thing about a circus?"
D'Auria goes on to explain how he recently saw an advertisement for Knotts Berry Farm's Halloween attraction entitled "Knotts Scary Farm," which featured a clown with a mouth full of jagged teeth.
During his time as Bozo, D'Auria explained how most people seemed to love Bozo the Clown, but it really depends on the person.
"I've had 2-year-olds run up and hug me and I've had 10- and 11-year-olds run away in terror," D'Auria said. "It pretty much depends on the person."
He explained people's fear of clowns with a quote from the great silent and horror film actor Lon Chaney, "A clown is not frightening, but a clown alone in a cemetery at midnight is terrifying."