Lenny Henry told he was 'fat' and put on 'Disney diet' in the US
The star said he was actually in 'the best shape I was ever going to be in' at the time
Sir Lenny Henry has revealed that he was put on a “Disney diet” when he went to the US.
The comedian and TV star said when he headed across the pond earlier in his career he was told that he was overweight and given an eating plan to help him slim down.
Opening up on This Morning, he said: "When I was in America I felt very out of control and there was sort of a bit bullying.
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"I arrived in the best shape I was ever going to be in and they said I was fat.
"They gave me the Disney diet which was basically, you can eat air."
"There was a whole list of things that you couldn’t eat and on the other side if just said air, water, good luck," he said.
Henry said he felt “so sorry” for one of his co-stars who was eating a rice cake and having a sip of water every 30 minutes.
“And I just thought, this is horrible,” he told hosts Alison Hammond and Craig Doyle.
The TV star, 64, was on the ITV show to talk about his memoir Rising To The Surface, which charts his life and career.
He told the hosts penning the book had been an "interesting" process.
“I did find myself getting quite emotional about it, because it was a big wallop of my career,” he said.
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“It was a lot to remember and a lot to reflect on, mistakes made and some triumphs so, it's all in there.”
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