Trisha Goddard has said she hated being impersonated on Bo’ Selecta! and that it caused her children to be bullied.
The TV star, 62, was one of the people portrayed by Leigh Francis on the sketch show, alongside the likes of Craig David and Michael Jackson, with the comedian sometimes using latex facemasks for his caricatures.
Speaking on BBC's Newsnight, Goddard said she hated Francis’s impression of her.
“If the parody was just of me, that would have been one thing, but it was the big lips… all the things that every black child has been bullied about.”— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) June 11, 2020
- TV presenter Trisha Goddard, who was impersonated in Channel 4's Bo’ Selecta by comedian Leigh Francis
She said: “Let me just tell you, I've only just recently discovered how bullied my children were at school in Norfolk over the character.
“Let me be clear on this, if the parody was just of me that would be one thing, but it was the big lips, all the things that every black child has been bullied about.
"I can laugh at myself, I’ve had people joke about me, but it was the racial over the top with the big lips, the big wide hips, the rice and peas. I couldn't actually watch it.”
Goddard went on: "A couple of times I bumped into Leigh, my daughter reminded me as she was with me once, I couldn’t even talk to him, I felt so sick.
“And recently at an awards do, he knows, I walked away from him."
Goddard said Francis has now spoken to her daughter on the phone about the bullying and “viciousness” she endured at school.
He was "absolutely horrified" to hear it, she said.
This week it was announced that Bo' Selecta! had been removed from Channel 4’s streaming service All 4.
A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “We support Leigh in his decision to reflect on Bo’ Selecta! in light of recent events and we’ve agreed with him to remove the show from the All 4 archive.”
Many shows have come under scrutiny in recent days, with Little Britain being removed from BBC iPlayer as well as other streaming sites BritBox and Netflix and an episode of Fawlty Towers being removed from UKTV over “racial slurs”.