Leigh Francis has reignited a 20-year feud with star over Bo Selecta

THE bad blood between Craig David and Bo’ Selecta! creator Leigh Francis rumbles on.

While promoting his new book last month, Rewind singer Craig accused the comic of “bullying” and “ruining his life”.

Craig David accused Bo' Selecta!  creator Leigh Francis of 'bullying' and 'ruining his life'

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Craig David accused Bo’ Selecta! creator Leigh Francis of ‘bullying’ and ‘ruining his life’Credit: Rex
Comic Leigh mocked Craig in his Channel 4 sketch show in the Noughties

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Comic Leigh mocked Craig in his Channel 4 sketch show in the NoughtiesCredit: Channel 4
Leigh said: 'Most people are happy with their portrayal on Bo' Selecta!.  Apart from someone we know who wasn't

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Leigh said: ‘Most people are happy with their portrayal on Bo’ Selecta!. Apart from someone we know who wasn’tCredit: Getty

Clearly he’s still angry at the way he was mocked by Leigh in his Channel 4 sketch show in the Noughties.

But the Keith Lemon star has now hit back, claiming Craig will never get over the controversy if he continues to highlight it.

He thought they’d buried the hatchet at the wedding of a mutual friend Fearne Cotton in 2014.

Leigh told me: “Most people are happy with their portrayal on Bo’ Selecta!. Apart from someone we know who wasn’t.

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“The only way it’s ever going to go away from him, if he feels people are going on about it, is to stop talking about it.

“It’s ages ago, isn’t it? It is, 20 years ago. I wish he wasn’t upset. I bumped into him at Fearne’s wedding and we hugged it out and everything was all nice.”

Leigh made a tearful apology to Craig, plus Mel B and Trisha Goddardin June 2020 for the way he caricatured black celebrities.

But Craig recently said he felt the apology was “insincere”.

He added: “It comes at a time when George Floyd has been killed.

“To then have the Black Lives Matter movement, protests around the world. . . and then it comes at a time as a reaction — ‘I should say my piece’ for something that should never have gone there.”

Hot Down Under

DANNY DYER clearly isn’t missing the Queen Vic pub.

Here are exclusive pictures of the former EastEnders landlord filming his new Channel 5 drama Heat in sunny Down Under.

Danny Dyer pictured filming his new Channel 5 drama Heat in sunny Down Under

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Danny Dyer pictured filming his new Channel 5 drama Heat in sunny Down Under
Danny is joined on set by his screen daughter Mia, played by newcomer Matia Marks

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Danny is joined on set by his screen daughter Mia, played by newcomer Matia Marks

Danny is joined on set by his screen daughter Mia, played by newcomer Matia Marks.

His character Steve disapproves of her relationship with boyfriend Jet (ex-Neighbors actor Richie Morris) and is not shy in sharing his thoughts.

The scenes were filmed in Melbourne, where Danny will be for another week before flying home for Christmas – suitably tanned, I expect.

Fast Seb Mr hot wheels

A SCOTTISH racing driver is revved up for the new series of Too Hot To Handle.

Seb Melrose, from Glasgowis joining the cast of Americans on the Netflix dating show on December 7, alongside fellow Briton Sophie Stonehouse, an event manager from Brighton.

Seb Melrose is joining the cast of the new series of Too Hot To Handle.

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Seb Melrose is joining the cast of the new series of Too Hot To Handle.
Brit Sophie Stonehouse will also appear in the show

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Brit Sophie Stonehouse will also appear in the show

The petrol head has been described as a “yes man who never says no to anything in life or in the bedroom”, which means he might struggle sticking to the show’s no intimacy rules.

Sophie, meanwhile, has been put off by men after coming out of a long-term relationship.

She clearly hasn’t had a chance to read the show brief.


TAYCE from Rupaul’s Drag Race says being on the BBC3 show made it harder to find love.

On dating app Bumble’s new podcast My Love Is, Tayce said: “You can gauge when people are there for ‘you’ or there for the spectacle of it all. If they asked to be tagged in the Instagram stories they’re out the door.”


Chase’s Brad no dummy

THE Chase’s Anne Hegerty wants host Bradley Walsh to take on the resident quiz aces because he’s not as dumb as he makes out.

She reckons he could shine in a one-off charity special – and viewers would be surprised at his success.

The Chase's Anne Hegerty wants host Bradley Walsh to take on the resident quiz aces

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The Chase’s Anne Hegerty wants host Bradley Walsh to take on the resident quiz acesCredit: Rex

Chaser Anne said: “I think he’d be quite good. He’s not remotely as dumb as you think he is. He plays dumb. He’s an expert on Dickens. I’ve had text conversations with him about Dickens and he knows his stuff.

“It would be hilarious if he played for charity, but I don’t know who would host it.”

Anne, who has been a Chaser for 12 years, revealed she has to consistently book herself in for quizzes to top up her encyclopaedic knowledge of everything.

She added: “I spend a lot of time quizzing. Quizzed on Saturday, Wednesday, I’m doing an online quiz. I keep on doing quizzes.

Craig David could write a song about that.

The devil is back in business

PRIME VIDEO has confirmed The Devil’s Hour is returning for two more series.

The second and third installments have been agreed after the thriller’s successful debut run last month.

Peter Capaldi will reprise his role in The Devi's Hour

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Peter Capaldi will reprise his role in The Devi’s HourCredit: PRIME VIDEO

Jessica Raine and Peter Capaldi will reprise their roles of Lucy Chambers and Gideon Shepherd, alongside Ted Lasso star Phil Dunster as Lucy’s estranged husband Mike Stephens.

They will be joined by new characters.

The next series continues with Lucy’s story, in which she is caught up in the hunt for serial killer Gideon.

He attempts to involve Lucy in his mission to stop an elusive force of evil.

Filming starts early next year.

Gordon girl on sex talk

GORDON RAMSAY’s daughter Holly has landed a job chatting about sex.

The project, called Holly Ramsay: The Talk, is being made by the celebrity chef’s TV production company, Studio Ramsay – and show chiefs are looking for people to share their stories.

Gordon Ramsay's daughter Holly has landed a job chatting about sex

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Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Holly has landed a job chatting about sexCredit: instagram

A source said: “Gordon is chuffed for Holly and thinks the show is a great idea.

“The docu will cover sex education, attitudes to sex, harassment and assault.

“Hopefully it will help a lot of people, and they are in talks with various media outlets in regards to where it will be broadcast.”

Model Holly is no stranger to broadcasting.

She appeared on her younger sister’s CBBC cooking show, Matilda And The Ramsay Bunch, and hosted a mental-health podcast with psychotherapist Talitha Fosh.

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EXTRAS star Ashley Jensen has landed the lead role in returning BBC drama Shetland.

The Scottish actress plays DI Ruth Calder, a native Shetlander who heads back to the islands after 20 years working for the Met in London.

The murder mystery series will be on BBC1 and iPlayer next year.


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