Les Dennis banned from Good Morning Britain by Piers Morgan after 17 year feud
Les Dennis reveals Family Fortunes 'paid me well'
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Mr Dennis returns to screens tonight in the final instalment of Channel 5’s Fishing Scotland’s Lochs and Rivers at 7pm. The show sees the former Family Fortunes presenter joined by national treasures Fern Britton, Linford Christie, Rosemary Shrager and Shane Lynch – who travel from the east coast to the west coast of Scotland, to embark on an enormous fishing trip. In the fifth episode of the show our celebrities arrive on Scotland’s west coast to visit Oban, known as the seafood capital of the country, before venturing further west to the Isle of Mull.
Indeed, Mr Dennis, who is a much loved presenter, actor and comedian, once revealed that he had been banned from ITV’s Good Morning Britain by former presenter Mr Morgan.
The pair had been in a feud since 2002, when Mr Morgan wrote a cruel headline about Mr Dennis, after the former Coronation Street star had appeared on Celebrity Big Brother.
On Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, Mr Dennis recalled: “The headline was, ‘Is this the most pathetic man in Britain?’
“I won’t go on Life Stories – I’ll only go on Good Morning Britain on a Thursday when Ben Shephard’s there.”
Yet after being informed of Mr Dennis’ comments, Mr Morgan claimed that the actor would not be welcome on Good Morning Britain because he was banned.
Mr Morgan said: “How amusing.
“Well, we have a new rule that anyone who says that isn’t allowed at all, so Les is now banned from GMB.”
Of course, in March of this year Mr Morgan dramatically “lost his job” on the ITV morning show after refusing to apologise for comments he made about Meghan Markle.
The controversial presenter doubled down on his opinion that he “didn’t believe” Meghan suffered suicidal thoughts during her first pregnancy, as the Duchess of Sussex claimed in her infamous two-hour CBS interview with Oprah.
Indeed Mr Morgan’s departure would seemingly open up the opportunity for Mr Dennis to appear on Good Morning Britain in future.
The comedian had previously claimed that going on Big Brother was not his “wisest decision” having appeared on the popular Noughties reality show whilst his marriage to Amanda Holden was breaking down.
He claimed he had gone on the show because work had dried up: “You go in for a reboot because the phone wasn’t ringing.
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“But it certainly wasn’t ringing after.”
His appearance on earned him the title of ‘Les Miserables’ for being perpetually miserable.
However, Mr Dennis claimed that going on Big Brother subsequently gave him an opportunity to poke fun at himself on Ricky Gervais’ Extras.
He played a fictional version of himself, alongside Gerard Kelly, who played a theatre director called Bunny.
Mr Dennis said: “If I hadn’t done Big Brother then Ricky Gervais wouldn’t have called me and invited me on to Extras.
“I was playing, as [Mr Gervais] called it, a twisted, demented version of myself.
“I even added my own stuff – I smashed that Les Miserables image.”
Mr Dennis has even been quoted as saying “Extras changed my life”.
Watch Channel 5’s Fishing Scotland’s Lochs and Rivers at 7pm tonight.
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