Lenny Henry laughed off Louis Walsh’s ‘X Factor’ comments as he made an appearance last night.
Walsh had compared one of the talent show’s contestants – Paije Richardson – to a “little Lenny Henry” during Saturday night’s programme.
The remark took judge Simon Cowell and show presenter Dermot O’Leary aback.
But Henry and his former wife, Dawn French, turned the incident into a light-hearted gag at an event in London to launch her debut novel.
Henry was in the audience for French’s appearance at the Old Vic Theatre and surprised guests by asking a question about the book, ‘A Tiny Bit Marvellous’, during a question and answer session.
French asked: “Are you Paije from The X Factor?”
Her ex, from whom she recently divorced, joked: “No, Ainsley Harriott.”
French and comedian Sue Perkins, who was hosting the session, then humorously bemoaned the demise of TV’s ‘Ready Steady Cook’.