Coronation Street's Les Dennis caught up in racism row online as co-stars rush to defend him

FORMER Coronation Street star Les Dennis has been accused of being “notoriously racist” online.

The 67-year-old actor was left to defend himself after a woman lashed out on Twitter for making apparent racist remarks in his stand up routines.

Comedian Les, who was once married to Amanda Holden, was slammed for being a "s**** comedian" as well as "notorious" for making "s**** remarks".

"What does Les Dennis know?" the woman wrote to Twitter. "He's a s**** comedian and notorious for his racist s**** remarks."

Immediately, Les furiously responded to the tweet with his own, writing that he would "take exception" to her suggestion.

"I take exception to your suggestion I have made racist remarks," the Family Fortunes presenter wrote. "S**** comedian I can live with."


Many of Les' former Corrie stars also jumped in to defend their friend, including soap favourite Anthony Cotton.

"Errrrmmmm @lesdennis is one of the kindest, and most unassuming, and happy go lucky men I have ever met," he hit back.

"To suggest anything else is preposterous. Stay in your lanes, people."

While Emmerdale actor Reece Dinsdale, who recently left the famous ITV soap, dubbed the hateful tweet as "vile".

"Vile tweet, certainly not the Les Dennis I know and adore," he wrote.

Even the soap's director Duncan Foster got involved in defending Les, who played Michael Rodwell on the show from 2014 to 2016.

He clapped back: "Without doubt Les is one of the nicest people I have ever worked with. Without doubt."

Fans were also quick to step in, with many suggesting the accusations may be due to a case of mistakes identity with a different comedian.

"This woman absolutely must be getting you mixed up with someone else," one person speculated. "Still, horrible to see that."

Another agreed: "Definitely got you mixed up with another, I've never heard you be racist ever."

"We asked 100 people if they had ever heard Les say a racist remark and our survey said," one fan joked, alongside Family Fortune's infamous red 'X'.

"I'm trying to think of a comedian less likely to be known for racist remarks, and I'm coming up with nothing," one simply concluded.

Les is best known for presenting Family Fortunes from 1987 to 2001 after taking part in a number of comedy and impressionist TV series.

He partnered with fellow impressionist Dustin Gee and they had a series of their own called The Laughter Show.

Following his exit from Family Fortunes, Les also made guest appearances in Casualty, Merseybeat, Family Affairs and Hotel Babylon.

He appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2002 whilst his marriage to Amanda Holden was breaking down.

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