C4 'axes' Jacko comedy

Fears Bo'Selecta! will upset family

A repeat of the Bo Selecta Michael Jackson special has reportedly been axed from Channel 4 for fear of upsetting the late superstar’s family.

Leigh Francis’s Cha’mone Mo’ Fo’ Selecta! had been due to air this Friday, but it has been dropped from the schedules.

According to The Sun it was axed because Channel 4 want the Jacksons to support them in a court battle with Michael’s old bodyguard Matt Fiddes, who is suing for libel over last year’s documentary The Jacksons Are Coming.

A source told the paper: ‘It aired on E4 but the family don't know it is part of the same group’ – although they probably do now.

In an interview last week, Francis said: ‘It was supposed to go onto Channel 4 after E4 and then some legal things happened but, hopefully, it'll end up on Channel 4.

‘I don’t know if it'll still go on Channel 4 or not but I'm not too fussed because it's on DVD and I've got a copy of it.’

A Channel 4 spokesman said: ‘The show went out on E4 and is now available on DVD. It is not scheduled for repeat at this time.’

Click here to buy the show on DVD.

Published: 30 Nov 2009

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