Some viewers felt Peter Kay's joke on Strictly was homophobic 5 years ago

Some viewers felt Peter Kay's joke on Strictly was homophobic

Peter Kay on Strictly Come Dancing - it doesn't get much more family friendly than that.

The Bolton funny man is one of the nation's most popular comic performers, with his brand of universal humour and 'remember when' schtick. Whether it is sold-out tours, television shows, or charity pop singles, the 43-year-old always seems to strike gold as far as the public are concerned.

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He made a special guest appearance on Strictly over the weekend, as the show came to Blackpool for its annual visit to the seaside town. Kay was on hand to read out the terms and conditions to the voting public, and enjoyed a joke or two with the dancers and celebrity guests in the process.

Most of his trademark northern humour went down a storm, with both studio and television audience alike, but his remarks towards Judge Rinder caused concern to some who found them homophobic in tone.

Using the old gag of jumping away as if he'd been pinched on the backside a la Eric Morecambe, Kay remarked to Rinder: "Hey steady! Watch it m'lud! Watch it...This case is firmly closed!"

As you can see below, it was received with disappointment and annoyance by many watching at home:

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That said, just as many were ready to defend the comic and reprimand the complainants:

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