Trisha's children were bullied over Bo' Selecta masks

Trisha Goddard and Leigh Francis Credit: Press Association

Trisha Goddard has revealed her children were bullied while living in Norfolk - because of the way she was parodied on a TV show.

The former Anglia daytime presenter was one of a number of black celebrities impersonated by Leigh Francis in the Channel 4 programme Bo Selecta.

Speaking to Newsnight, Ms Goddard said she had "felt sick" when meeting the comedian because of the way he had mimicked her - wearing a rubber mask.

Mr Francis, whose other characters include Keith Lemon, released a tearful video apologising to the black personalities he had impersonated following the death of George Floyd in America.

Ms Goddard, 62, revealed her children had suffered because of the TV show - which has now been removed from Channel 4's on-demand service.

The presenter - who hosted daytime talkshow Trisha from the late 1990s - said Francis had spoken to her daughter about the bullying she experienced at school because of his work. She said the comedian, who is also a parent, was "absolutely horrified".

She also criticised Channel 4 for commissioning Bo' Selecta in the first place. It aired from 2002 to 2004.

In his apology, Francis, 47, said: "I just want to apologise, I just want to say sorry for any upset I caused whether I was Michael Jackson, Craig David, Trisha Goddard, all people I'm a big fan of. I guess we're all on a learning journey."