Leigh Francis was in tears as he issued an apology for portraying black celebrities on his show 'Bo' Selecta'.

Leigh Francis

Leigh Francis

The 47-year-old comedian - who is best known for starring as character Keith Lemon in numerous shows - took to Instagram to share a video of himself saying sorry for his portrayals of celebrities such as Craig David and Michael Jackson on the 2002 programme.

He said in the clip: "My name's Leigh Francis I play a character called Keith Lemon on television.

"It's been a weird few days, I've sat and thought about things and what I could post to help things.

"Back in 2002, I did a show called 'Bo' Selecta'. I portrayed many black people. Back then I didn't think anything about it, people didn't say anything, I'm not going to blame other people.

"I've been talking to some people, I didn't realise how offensive it was back then.

"I just want to apologise, I just want to say sorry for any upset I caused, whether I was Michael Jackson, Craig David, Trisha Goddard, all people I'm a big fan of. I guess we're all on a learning journey."

The 'Celebrity Juice' presenter admitted he is "deeply sorry" for any offence he caused on 'Bo' Selecta'.

He captioned the video: "Following recent events, I've done a lot of talking and learning and I would like to put this out there. I want to apologise to anyone that was offended by Bo'selecta. I'm on a constant journey of knowledge and just wanted to say I'm deeply sorry. #blacklivesmatter (sic)"

Leigh's comments come after Black Lives Matter protests took place around many cities all over the world following the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck when restraining him.

Several stars sent Leigh messages of support following his post.

'Coronation Street' actress Alexandra Mardell shared: "Love you and all your shows, so admirable of you to apologise but I know me and my family were never offended! Lots of love (sic)"

'Hollyoaks' star Kelle Bryan posted: "It's a conversation Leigh. Thanks for having the courage to start it (sic)"