BGT finalist Francine Lewis says show bosses ‘scrapped’ her ‘offensive’ jokes
Britain's Got Talent bosses censored Francine Lewis' jokes over fears they would upset "snowflakes", it has been claimed.
Former BGT finalist Francine Lewis was invited back to the ITV talent show for its Christmas special last year to make viewers giggle with her various celebrity impressions.
But just hours before she was due to film her appearance, producers apparently edited out a huge chunk of her script despite initially saying they were happy with it.
Appearing on GB News this week, Francine was discussing the topic of "snowflakes" on presenter Dan Wootton's segment called "Uncancelled: Has comedy become too risky?"
Speaking on the show, Francine began by saying she noticed a shift in sensitivity towards certain 'offensive jokes' when she was invited to do the BGT special.
She said: “I sent my scripts. I gave them to the producers. They saw them, they really liked it.
“Then it was the night before recording the show and they actually said, ‘We need to scrap all those jokes because they’re not politically correct. We’re worried people are going to be offended.
“I wasn’t allowed to make any weight references to Gemma Collins. I wasn’t allowed to say the word ‘drug’ which was in part of Sharon Osbourne.
“Then they said I had to be careful about Cheryl Cole, using references about her not being able to speak proper English. It was just ridiculous.”
Francine, who proceeded to do impressions of Gemma and Sharon on Dan's show, was furious over the changes and thought it ruined her performance.
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Presenter Dan then chimed in to defend Francine, saying: "What you're telling me is so disturbing me. ITV, Britain's Got talent were essentially censoring comedy and it's probably because they are so terrified of getting complaints."
She added: “It really ruined the whole buzz for me. I didn’t like the new stuff they’d written for me. To me it wasn’t funny.”
The special pulled in just 2.9million viewers – one of the lowest figures in BGT’s history.
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Francine first appeared on BGT back in 2013, and she had the ITV audiences in stitches at her impressions of stars like Stacey Solomon, Katie Price and Holly Willoughby.
She bagged her place in the final after winning her semi-final, receiving 23.1% of the public vote.
She has since enjoyed stints on shows such as Loose Women and Channel 4's Very Important People.
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