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Spitting Image Bosses Redesign Ed Sheeran's Puppet 'To Avoid Offence'

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Spitting Image Bosses Redesign Ed Sheeran's Puppet 'To Avoid Offence'

Ahead of the return of Spitting Image on Britbox this month, show creators reportedly decided to make a change to Ed Sheeran's puppet, to avoid offended people with red hair.

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Bosses at ITV have reportedly rethought the use of the depiction of the singer-songwriter because they fear it could be 'gratuitously offensive'.

The puppet for the 29-year-old originally had a carrot on top of the character's head, but designers have now used turnip leaves instead.

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Speaking to The Sun, an ITV source said: "It was thought to be gratuitously offensive so we ordered them to rejig the puppet. The puppeteers didn't seem too happy about the changes.

"But it's a fine line when you're making comedy. It's one thing poking fun at the rich and powerful but it's another insulting some viewers. It cost quite a lot of money to change. But it's worth the expense."

Ed Sheeran. Credit: PA
Ed Sheeran. Credit: PA

Spitting Image will return on Saturday 3 October where it will then be on weekly for 10 weeks exclusively on BritBox in the UK. All 10 of the original series will also be available.

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The trailer for the new series was released in September and there's a bizarre scene showing Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin having a sauna-based brawl... with penises on full display.

Credit: Spitting Image
Credit: Spitting Image

The show, which hasn't been around for 24 years, is back on BritBox and its return sees a whole host of celebrities facing its unforgiving wit - including Kanye West and Gwyneth Paltrow.

In one scene we see 'Kanye' at a United Nations meeting declaring he is the ruler of Earth and chucking Yeezys at the delegates, while Trump's loses his toupee.

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But, potentially the most disturbing clip of them all is when the world leaders are in a sauna together and end up having a bit of a scrap.

Trump and Johnson are in a sauna eating fried chicken when Trump says: "I wouldn't worry about some dumb TV show, Boris. I mean, how are they going to make us look stupid?"

At that very moment 'Putin' enters with two ladies on each arm, announcing: "This is private steam room. Get out, you fat bums."

His towel then drops and the trio engage in a fight - a scene you will never be able to unsee.

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Spitting Image will return on 3 October on BritBox in the UK.

Featured Image Credit: Spitting Image

Topics: TV and Film

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