It looks like a Bo’ Selecta! reboot is in the works featuring Leeds’ very own Leigh Francis. The controversial comedy series could well be returning as he has shot a brand new pilot in hopes of a season being greenlit.
The show, which ran from 2002 to 2009 featured Francis playing the character Avid Merrion, a stalk obsessed with celebrities where Francis would wear exaggerated latex masks of celebrities and perform sketches.
Francis created the popular show Bo’ Selecta, a sketch show in which he would portray parody versions of celebrities. Francis revealed the news to The Sun saying: “Avid Merrion is wandering around somewhere.
“He’s a bit different though, he’s grown up. The Bear was in the pilot too. I don’t know if he’ll stick around, it’s all in the hands of the TV Gods.”
Francis told the newspaper: “Avid Merrion is wandering around somewhere. He’s a bit different though, he’s grown up. The Bear was in the pilot too. I don’t know if he’ll stick around, it’s all in the hands of the TV gods.”
The original series came under scrutiny in 2020 because of Francis’ portrayal of Black celebrities to which the Yorkshire celeb issued an apology and Channel 4 removed the episodes from its catch-up service.
Star of Celebrity Juice, took to Instagram to issue an apology for a past TV show, where he portrayed a number of black celebrities.
Francis said at the time: “Back in 2002 I did a show called Bo’ Selecta, I portrayed many Black people. Back then I didn’t think anything about it, people didn’t say anything – I’m not going to blame other people.
“Been talking to some people – I didn’t realise how offensive it was back then. I just want to apologise, I just want to say sorry for any upset I caused whether I was Michael Jackson, Craig David, Trisha Goddard, all people I’m a big fan of. I guess we’re all on a learning journey.”
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