BRITAIN’S Got Talent has been ridiculed after inviting on a comedian who appeared on I’m a Celebrity and performed sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Shappi Khorsandi also appeared on Live at Apollo three times, was nominated as best female TV comic, and is a best-selling author.
So the veteran of 20 years in comedy was not laughing when the Simon Cowell show’s casting team invited her to apply.
She took to Twitter, where she has a “blue tick”, to complain: “So, Britain’s Got Talent’s casting team got in touch to ask if I’d like to apply to be a contestant.”
She sarcastically asked her 169,000 followers: “Should I do it? Omg! I could end up doing three live at the apollos! Or having 12 sell-out Edinburgh shows! And maybe even touring all over the country for ten years!”
Fellow comedian and former I’m a Celeb contestant, Jenny Eclair said: “Forgot to tell you, I was once approached by live at the Apollo to see if I fancied being in the audience when it recorded – oh to have had my face televised.”
Frankie Boyle said: “F****** hell.”
Glen Proctor commented: “Not to mention the chance of being a top selling author and much loved treasure!”
Kat Rezai said: “Cheeky b***ers! You’re a credit with your esteemed comedy, writing and political commitments. Then again, I’d love to see you perform a sassy response!”
Mike Finley commented: “Finger on the pulse these BGT producers.”
Another Twitter user said: “Please, please do it. Oh my word. The potential here is immensely amusing. Make sure your live audition (if you get there [lol]) is about how ridiculous their casting team’s research is.”
Maria McErlane said: “What a bloody Liberty.”
Jonathan Harvey commented: “That’s hilarious.”
As well as being well-known for her comedy, Khorsandi, from London, is also a best selling author and is the president of the British Humanist Association.