Bo' Selecta pulled from All 4 after Leigh Francis' apology for using blackface

Channel 4 has pulled Bo’ Selecta from their streaming service following Leigh Francis’ apology for playing characters in blackface.

Francis wore masks to mock several black celebrities, including Mel B, Trisha Goddard, Craig David and Michael Jackson in the sketch show and shared a teary apology to fans on his Instagram page last week. 

Channel 4 have now taken action and removed Bo’ Selecta from All 4 with immediate affect, confirming to The Sun they pulled the plug on the series last week. 

‘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,’ they said. 

Francis privately apologised to talk show host Trisha, who revealed her children were ‘bullied’ over the sketches which ran between 2002 and 2004. 

Insisting he had no idea how harmful the jokes were at the time, Francis shared a video last week, telling his followers: ‘My name’s Leigh Francis I play a character called Keith Lemon on television.

‘It’s been a weird few days, I’ve sat and thought about things and what I could post to help things.

‘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.’

The move comes as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and Britbox all buried Little Britain from their services over the frequent use of blackface. has contacted a spokesperson for Leigh Francis for further comment on this story. 

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