Keith Lemon hits back at Melanie Sykes after she blasted him for having a 'limited vocabulary'

MEL Sykes has made some barbed remarks about Keith Lemon which has landed her in a showbiz feud I certainly didn’t expect.

The radio and telly host said Keith had a “limited vocabulary”.

Now he’s hit back, saying it hasn’t stopped him winning “two Baftas and two NTAs” — which is more than Mel can claim.

Comic Leigh Francis, who plays Celebrity Juice host Keith, has revealed he privately messaged Mel after she made her remarks in an interview at the weekend.

But he clearly wasn’t too chuffed with the response to his olive branch.

He said: “I reached out to her and asked why she didn’t like me. She said, ‘It’s not you, it’s your on-screen persona’.

“Well if anyone’s watching and you have a limited voc- abulary, you can still win two Baftas and two NTAs. I don’t want to boast about all the things I’ve won.”

Leigh picked up the Entertainment Performance award for Celebrity Juice at the 2016 TV Baftas and in 2012 the show grabbed the YouTube Audience gong.

 The ITV2 show also walked away with National Television Awards in 2012 and 2015.

Mel, the ex of Olly Murs and Steve Coogan, said in her interview: “Sadly, in all realms of life, most men are pretty basic and disappointing.

“I feel a bit sorry for British men who have adopted the limited vocabulary of the television character Keith Lemon when talking about and to women.

“I would be surprised, and indeed it would be a miracle, if any of these men are actually getting laid.”

But Keith, who made Channel 4 hit Bo’ Selecta!, has reverted to what he knows best and made light of the quarrel.

He joked that the next series of I’m A Celebrity, to be filmed in Wales, will have a Bush Tucker Trial with Mel.

On an Instagram Live, he said: “You might be stuck in a dungeon with Mel Sykes, who says you’ve got a limited vocab- ulary and you’ve got to convince her that you know loads of words.”

To be fair, I’ll take that over eating a roo’s bits.


Molly’s jolly holi

IT looked like the Love Island villa had relocated to Greece as Molly-Mae Hague, boyfriend Tommy Fury and pal Maura Higgins topped up their tans.

They have been lapping up the sunshine at a luxury resort and spa in Crete.

Molly-Mae looked stunning in a white get-up, posting the snap to her 4.4million followers with the caption: “Beach mode.”

The reality stars were joined by Molly-Mae’s sister Zoe and Maura’s hairdresser pal Jay Birmingham.

Molly-Mae was left angry and upset on a trip to Ibiza last month after a deluded online troll branded her “lardy”. It’s good to see she’s not pandering to those losers. She looks ace.

One too many, Dave

HE’S been living it up big time for the past few weeks but Dave partied a bit too hard in Dubai.

The Funky Friday rapper was filmed unconscious after a boozy night out which ended in him being carried home by pals.

It all started so well, with him pictured holding a magnum of Ciroc vodka.

But having seen the measures he was pouring himself, it’s no wonder he was out for the count.

One clip showed him having had far too much and struggling to hold up his head while pal Stormzy held him steady.

Later, two pals were filmed dragging him home after the heavy night and he had his head slumped and eyes shut.

It ended with him fast asleep in his hotel room while pals continued the night around him.

Dave’s big night out comes after an amazing 12 months which has seen him bag a Brit Award and the Mercury Prize for his debut album Psycho-drama.

It’s not often you see stars out on the lash like this any more – tell the truth, I’m all for it.


US star DJ Khaled is terrified of flying but look out for him in London this week as a pic could win you a prize of living like a pop star for a day. “Khaled” is actually a lookalike. Details of the competition are on his label Black Butter’s site.

GC stress off Pat

GEMMA Collins broke up with James “Arg” Argent and she seems glad to be rid of his mum Patricia, too.

The GC said: “I’ve always got on really well with my partner’s families.

“There was a problem with the last one because she’d always come knocking at the house and we never had time alone. That I found a little bit difficult. Like, every day down the house. I feel it did put a strain on our relationship.”

Luckily there is no bad blood between the pair, with Gemma saying on her BBC Love Lounge podcast that she “really liked them as a family”.

Perhaps Arg was the problem after all then.

Ricky’s mean tricky on a prank caller

HELL hath no fury like Ricky Wilson pranked.

The Kaiser Chiefs frontman has revealed how he once took drastic revenge on a fan who repeatedly prank-called him.

He said: “Once some kids got hold of my number and were ringing me all the time.

“They were singing songs down the phone and I didn’t want to change my number.”

Ricky, who spent two years as a coach on The Voice UK – without wreaking revenge on any of the more grating contestants – continued: “They’d ring me at night.

“Once they rang and I was at a party.

“That was the final straw. They hadn’t withheld their number, so I stored it in my phone, waited a couple of weeks – it was actually a land line – then I rang the phone and a person who I assume was his mum answered.

“I said, ‘I can’t reveal my name but I’d like to say I have it on very strong authority that your son is into drugs and I think you should probably search his bedroom’.

“And I said, ‘Thank you’, and put the phone down.

“I don’t know what happened there, but she probably searched his room, probably found porn, embarrassed him – but that’s the sort of petty grievances I hold.”

I must remember never to get on the wrong side of Ricky.

The new Normani

IT looks like Normani has been spending too much time playing sports to get back in the studio.

She posed in this Adidas outfit for US shoe retailer Finish Line days after appearing in Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s music video for saucy single WAP.

Unfortunately she doesn’t sing on the track, but I’m hoping the wait will soon be over for new music. It has been a year since her last Top 40 hit Motivation.

One track I am optimistic about soon being released is her Dua Lipa collaboration If It Ain’t Me.

Fans are convinced it will feature on Dua’s Club Future Nostalgia: The Remix Album, which is due later this month.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed.


ROMEO Beckham appears to be following the lead of his dad David and brother Brooklyn after showing off his first tattoo while on holiday in Greece. A black design was spotted on his ribcage.

ME KO’D by Kara

A BRITISH woman bed-bound with ME, or chronic fatigue syndrome, has beaten the odds to release an album now giving Taylor Swift a run for her money.

Kara Jane is on oxygen 24/7 but managed to record the album It’s Still ME, which is newly released.

It was recorded a few lines at a time due to her condition but last night it was just behind Taylor’s Folklore in the iTunes chart.

I’m told it’s the singer-songwriter’s dream to make it on to tomorrow’s Official Chart, and profits are going to research into ME.

That’s a cause I can definitely get behind.


JADE Thirlwall and Jesy Nelson have been working on Little Mix’s next album while bandmates Perrie Edwards and Leigh-anne Pinnock have been on holiday in Ibiza. They’ve been recording vocalsat studios in London with producers Lost Boy and Rymez.

JASON Derulo met his girlfriend Jena Frumes at the gym. I  revealed in May that the singer was  dating the model. He said:  “We  have a similar desire to work out.  I had seen her before, then, the second time, I was like, ‘Right. Imma go talk to her’, and the rest is history.” 

MACHINE Gun Kelly’s private parts have delayed the video for his single Concert For Aliens. The rapper, dating actor Megan Fox, said: “My balls peeked through the outfit so we couldn’t put out the video. So um . . . this is why the video is pushed back a couple of days.” 

RISING star Antigoni has released her dreamy R&B track Way Too Much, with the video set to debut on DroppTV on Sunday. It is the first track from the North London sing- er’s EP A2. She will release one of the six songs from the record every month until the full collection is out there. 

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