“We were the most diverse game show on TV!” Devastated Les Dennis Reveals He’s ‘Upset’ About Being Accused of ‘Racism’ While Organizing Family Fortunes
Les Dennis spoke of his devastation after being accused of “ racism ” during his time as host of Family Fortunes.
The TV star, 67, claimed the game show – which he hosted between 1987 and 2002 – was the “ most diverse ” on television at the time.
A video recently surfaced online called ‘Racist Family Fortunes’, claiming that Les made fun of participants with ‘racist jokes’.
Opinion: Les Dennis has spoken of his devastation after being accused of ‘racism’ during his time as host of Family Fortunes (pictured in 2000)
The clip first posted to YouTube in 2015 features the The Brown family – all of whom are black – and the creator claims that Les made fun of the contestants.
Les has now spoken of his disgust at the allegations, saying he was always very proud that his show featured a ‘mix of families from the fantastic multicultural UK’.
Speaking of the video – which has now been viewed more than 50,000 times, on the Behind the Scenes with Colin Edmonds podcast, Les said: ‘I was very proud that at the time …
Claims: The TV star, 67, claimed the game show – which he hosted between 1987 and 2002 – was the ‘most diverse’ on television at the time
“I think it was Trevor Phillips (racial equality expert) who said it – we were the most diverse game show on television and we really had that mix of families from the fantastic multicultural UK that we have.”
He added, “ Something that really upset me, there is an episode on YouTube that says ‘Racist Family Fortunes’, someone posted it and people are watching it.
‘If you look at it, it’s because the family was called the Brown Family and it is implied that we were racist and we picked that family to be joking and of course we weren’t and I think the one who did that has posted hoping he can sleep at night. ‘
Shocked: Les has now spoken about his disgust at the allegations, saying he was always very proud that his show featured a ‘mix of families from the fantastic multicultural UK’.
Family Fortunes sees two families compete against each other as they answer questions posed to the British public.
It’s been nearly two decades since the show was last seen on the air with the general public – Gino D’Campo took over last year.
Les previously told the sun: ‘It’s a different show now, it lasts an hour, we were only half an hour. I think it is quite long in an hour. I think it should be tighter to continue. ITV did not serve Gino well there. ‘
After Les’s series was dropped, Vernon Kay, 47, presented an All Star version, featuring celebrities and their families.
The show ran for 11 series before it was finally dropped in 2015.
Bob Monkhouse was the very first host of Family Fortunes, fronting the show between 1980-1983, before Max Bygraves took over for two years between 1983-1985.
After a year without broadcast, Les took over. He was succeeded by Andy Collins, who presented for a brief period when the show moved to a day job in 2002, before eventually being dropped.
The American version of the show is called Family Feud, which is hosted by comedian Steve Harvey. The Kardashian / West family are fans of the show and appeared on the show in 2018.
Celebrity version: After Les’s series was cut, Vernon Kay, 47, hosted an All Star version featuring celebrities and their families (photo 2015)