Leigh Francis brushes off recent drama as he attends the UK premiere of The Creator after Melanie Sykes claims he made explicit sexual jokes about her
Leigh Francis brushed aside the recent drama as he attended the British premiere of “The Creator” in London on Tuesday.
The appearance comes amid claims that the 50-year-old comedian – best known as his alter ego Keith Lemon – humiliated Melanie Sykes in front of a live audience while they were filming ITV’s Through The Keyhole.
Melanie, 53, said Leigh made explicit sexual jokes about her for three hours, including: “I bet your ass smells like flowers.”
At the premiere this week at the Science Museum, Leigh wore an oversized denim blazer with matching flared pants.
He layered a black T-shirt underneath and completed his quirky look with a pair of metallic sneakers as he posed for photos on the red carpet.
Exit: Leigh Francis, 50, brushed off recent drama as he attended the UK premiere of The Creator in London on Tuesday
In keeping with the film’s plot about a futuristic war between humanity and artificial intelligence, the premiere took place in the Science Museum.
The film is due to hit UK cinemas on Friday September 29th and stars John David Washington, Gemma Chan and Ken Watanabe.
The plot revolves around former special forces agent Joshua, played by John David Washington, who attempts to hunt down and kill the creator responsible for the advanced AI.
Earlier this week, Melanie claimed TV producers failed to act after she complained comedian Leigh made humiliating jokes about her in front of a live audience while filming ITV’s Through The Keyhole.
The radio and TV presenter said TV production company Talkback, founded by comedy duo Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones, ignored her when she complained.
On Fashion PR Lynne Franks’ podcast, Frankly Speaking, she said: “I went into the studio and I didn’t think Keith was going to be like he was on the other show he does.” [Celebrity Juice] where it’s all about sex and blowjobs and talking about people’s asses.’
But she added: “I sat there for a three-hour recording and he did all this verbally to me to entertain the live audience – because it would never make the cut of the show – so he used me to do that to entertain audiences.” .’
Comedian Katherine Ryan, who has accused Russell Brand of being a sex offender, called Francis a “blatant idiot” at the 2019 TV Choice Awards.
Allegations: The outing comes amid claims the comedian – best known as his alter ego Keith Lemon – humiliated Melanie Sykes while they were filming ITV’s Through The Keyhole (pictured 2021).
Horrifying: Melanie, 53, said Leigh made explicit sexual jokes about her for three hours, including: “I bet your ass smells like flowers.”
She told the audience that Lemon is “proof to perverts everywhere that an obvious creep is cute.” It’s much less threatening than a stealth model.
Francis hosted Celebrity Juice for 25 seasons before it was canceled last year. It drew complaints and was the subject of an investigation by Ofcom, which ruled that a trailer for the show in 2013 breached guidelines because it contained what the regulator said was a sex toy.
Talkback said looking after its TV guests was a “top priority”. Francis did not respond to requests for comment last night.