Craig David bitter feud with ITV Keith Lemon and Bo Selecta

Award-winning singer-songwriter craig david He has been known for his incredible musical talent since he first rose to fame in 1999.

With Artful Dodger’s classic garage single Rewind, Craig quickly catapulted to stardom and released his debut studio album, Born to Do It in 2000.

The star’s success and popularity continued to grow, earning him a number of loyal fans throughout his career.

However, during the height of his fame and popularity, things took an unexpected turn for the star when the comedian keith lemonwhose real name is Leigh Francis, posed as him during his comedy show Bo Selecta.

What followed was years of parody sketches and a bitter feud between the singer and the host of Celebrity Juice.

Daily Star has analyzed in detail what happened between the famous couple.

The rise of Bo Selecta

Bo Selecta started in 2002
Bo Selecta started in 2002

In 2002, Leigh Francis’s show Bo Selecta debuted on Channel 4.

The show primarily focused on Keith’s central character, Avid Merrion, who was a dangerously insane, celebrity-obsessed stalker.

The show also consisted of caricature sketches of well-known British and American celebrities, played by Leigh, who wore large latex face masks with exaggerated facial features.

Some of the celebrities Leigh would portray were Mel B, Elton John, Trisha Goddard, and the central character Craig David, whom she portrayed as a selfish Yorkshire man who owned a plastic peregrine falcon named Kes, which was also a reference to the film. from 1969 of the same name. .

Bo Selecta had 5 series in total and ran until 2009.

How Craig David was portrayed

Craig seemed to be the central character of the show.
Craig seemed to be the central character of the show.

Although Leigh was responsible for making fun of various celebrities on the show, it seemed like Fill Me In singer Craig was her main target.

During the show, Leigh illustrated David’s life story, which included being forced to wear a urostomy bag, as well as trying to break into the American music charts, but instead traveled to Mallorca by accident.

The character’s story continued with a fall from grace and popularity, showing David working in a call center after losing his fame.

Despite constant teasing on the show, comedian Leigh was adamant that the character was not based on Craig David himself, which of course was very hard to believe at the time.

Craig David criticizes the show

Craig was not happy with the character.
Craig was not happy with the character.

As the Channel 4 show gained more popularity and attention from viewers, singer-turned-DJ Craig became increasingly frustrated with his portrayal of the character, leading him to speak out about it.

Speaking about the character to The Sunday Times in 2007, the singer said: “Inside he was absolutely pissed off and hurtful beyond belief.

“There were times when I was like, ‘I just want to knock this guy out.'”

Despite this, Craig appeared on the show as himself, which he later said he regretted.

He added, “I didn’t want people to think, ‘Craig is reacting to that,’ because then they would think, ‘How can we upset Craig even more?’ So I did, but he wasn’t happy about it.”

Craig appeared on Leigh's show but wasn't too pleased.
Craig appeared on Leigh’s show but wasn’t too pleased.

Craig also admitted that the show affected his career and that he was unable to release music the way he wanted to.

Speaking to iNews, he explained: “It wasn’t really [the show] in itself, that was the low point for me. He wasn’t able to put out music the way he always wanted.”

“This is one of the beautiful things in hindsight; sometimes you just weren’t ready for something.”

However, during an interview with Q, David said he “didn’t really care” about being the comedian’s spotlight, instead saying, “He might have calmed down, but if that character hadn’t happened, he might still be hanging around.” .”

resolved dispute

Keith Lemon and Fearne Cotton confirmed that the feud was over
Keith Lemon and Fearne Cotton confirmed that the feud was over

In 2017, Leigh seemed to confirm that her feud with Craig was over.

While appearing as his most famous alter ego, Keith Lemon, on ITV2’s Celebrity Juice, Leigh mentioned that he would love to see Craig appear as a guest panelist on the show.

He confessed: “It would be nice, wouldn’t it? I think I would leave a lot of things alone, publicly and we’ll have a great time.”

Fearne Cotton, who was a panelist on the show at the time, said she believed the two men had worked things out during her wedding to Jesse Wood in 2014, which Leigh also confirmed.

Things seemed to have smoothed out
Things seemed to have smoothed out

He said, “Yeah, we hugged each other and said it was all jokes and stuff. I was like, ‘Hey, it wasn’t even me, it was that other Avid Merrion guy.'”

Craig also confirmed that they had embraced and reconciled in an interview with iNews.

He expressed: “A short time ago at Fearne Cotton’s wedding [in 2014]we had a big hug in the middle of that.

“I was like, ‘I’m going to give you a big hug, man.’ At the end of the day, I don’t have it in me to hold on to anything, how can people want me to feel.”

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