Shane Nolan has hit back at a comedian who made cruel jokes about his aunts’ cancer diagnoses.
The 31-year-old son of Coleen Nolan and Shane Richie publicly shamed panto star Mark Jones for a comment he made about Anne and Linda Nolan both losing their hair after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.
Nolan tweeted: “Imagine being one of those people who write horrible things online and think they’re funny and brave cos nobody can see or find them.
“Writing about someone’s who’s family is suffering with cancer, there really is some disgusting and vile people around. I don’t get it.”
Jones, who has worked with former EastEnders star Richie, shared a picture of Linda, 61, and Anne, 69, on the front page of The Sun newspaper captioned: “Right Said Fred looking well."
He has now deleted the tweet and apologised, writing: “I apologise. I was totally out of order and will delete the tweet. I am very sorry for the offence caused by my stupid comment.”
Nolan told his 36.4k Twitter followers: “Guys @mistermarkjones has apologised now. Was a stupid tweet and he feels a d**k. Let’s leave it at that. Just hope other people can learn from that. #Bekind.”
Jones replied: “Thank you Shane. I appreciate that hugely. I've tried to reply to the many people who have messaged me and apologise for my tweet. I don't hide from my mistakes. Once again, I'm very sorry.”
He said he has also been in touch with Richie to apologise directly.
Last week Linda and Anne Nolan revealed their “double nightmare” as they were both diagnosed with cancer during lockdown.
Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer on 7 May. Linda, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, revealed that just half an hour after hearing about Anne’s diagnosis she received a call to say her own cancer had returned.
Their sister Bernie Nolan died at the age of 52 in 2010 after also battling breast cancer.
During an interview with Good Morning Britain, Linda joked: “We’re now the Chemo Sisters. Someone said we could do a Right Said Fred impression.”