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Breaking Bad creator says online piracy helped the show

18 October 2013 Last updated at 07:35 BST

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan said illegal downloading of the US drama helped increase its popularity.

"The downside is a lot of folks who worked on the show would have made more money, myself included, if all those downloads had been legal," he said.

According to, the final episode was illegally downloaded more than half a million times.

His comments were made while he was talking about the final series to Newsbeat's entertainment reporter Nesta McGregor.

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