Les Dennis banned from 'Good Morning Britain' by Piers Morgan

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Les Dennis attends a special screening of ‘Stan & Ollie’ at Soho Hotel on January 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Les Dennis attends a special screening of ‘Stan & Ollie’ at Soho Hotel on January 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

We asked one hundred people: ‘which former comedian and game show host is banned from appearing on Good Morning Britain?’

Former Family Fortunes host Les Dennis has been told by Piers Morgan he will never be asked to be a guest on the ITV breakfast show, after the Liverpudlian said on Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast: “I’ll only go on Good Morning Britain (GMB) on a Thursday when Ben Shephard’s there.”

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Les, aged 65, still holds a grudge against former Daily Mirror editor Morgan who asked newspaper readers if Dennis was ‘the most pathetic man in Britain’, in a brutal Mirror headline whilst the comedian was taking part in Celebrity Big Brother in 2002.

Upon hearing of the comments Piers responded in his typical, no-nonsense manner, by banning the former Coronation Street actor from the GMB studios. The 53-year-old said: “How amusing. Well, we have a new rule that anyone who says they won’t come on when I’m on isn’t allowed on at all. So Les is now banned from GMB.”

Piers Morgan and fellow Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid (Photo by Jeff Spicer/WireImage)
Piers Morgan and fellow Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid (Photo by Jeff Spicer/WireImage)

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Morgan followed up the comments on social media this morning (10 March), tweeting: “Anyone who tries to get cheap publicity by saying they’ll only appear on @GMB if I’m off, won’t be appearing on @GMB at all.”

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Former telly favourite Dennis, who hosted Family Fortunes between 1987 and 2001, took part in the celebrity version of Big Brother a year on from leaving the popular game show. His marriage to the then relatively unknown Amanda Holden was on the rocks, and the cheery persona he was known for did not materialise on the reality TV show, with tabloids labelling him “Les Miserables” due to his depressing anecdotes.

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Les Dennis with pal Ricky Gervais (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Les Dennis with pal Ricky Gervais (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

His career was handed a kickstart in 2005, when he appeared on Ricky Gervais sitcom Extras, playing a distorted version of himself, which endeared him to a new generation of comedy fans. He later appeared in another Gervais project Life’s Too Short, as well as enjoying a stint on Coronation Street.

He will make his Royal Shakespeare Company debut in The Provoked Wife in May.


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