Lee Hurst has said that he has 'no regrets' after making a crass joke about teenage activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter.
The 57-year-old, who changed his own Twitter name to say he was 'desperately trying to be relevant', says that he believes the tweet 'got laughs'.
Hurst, who appeared on They Think It's All Over in the 90s as well as other lesser known quiz shows, was suspended from the social media platform.
He had written: "As soon as Greta discovers c**k, she'll stop complaining about the single use plastic it's wrapped in."
Speaking to the Daily Star, Hurst said: "I've appealed, but heard nothing yet.
"If I'm binned permanently then I suppose I'm glad I was binned for writing a gag rather than for having a rant."
He added: "No regrets. It got laughs."
He also said that he'd been informed by Twitter that no further action would be taken after the tweet was reported, but since then he was told his account had breached rules against abuse and harassment.
Although Lee insists his tweet was removed for being offensive, others think it was removed because it was a 's***' joke.
Comedian David Baddiel said in a now-deleted tweet: "The reason that Lee Hurst is problematic isn't because it carries underneath it a sense that women, as individuals, with political opinions, are erased by male sexual power. It's problematic because it's a s*** gag."
Hurst, who is last listed on IMDB for his TV appearances in 2018, when he was on Pointless Celebrities, caused controversy last year with his views on face masks.
He signed a letter saying that teenagers shouldn't have to wear face masks to school.
Hurst, who has a three-year-old son, decided to put his name to the letter about school children, which was also signed by the likes of Richard Madeley, Anthea Turner, Sue Cook and Gillian McKeith.
Lee Hurst, Anthea Turner, Sue Cook, Tim Henman. If you're interested in a list of people who were not quite good enough at their chosen profession in the 90s this is gold. pic.twitter.com/QElZHEdPKk
- Harry Dennison (@HarryDennison5) March 6, 2021
I can just imagine the quality of medics and academics that are happy to be signatories on the same letter as Anthea Turner and Lee Hurst.
- Lulu14 :blue_heart: (@lulumr) March 5, 2021
"I'm afraid we're going to have to rethink everything..."
"Yes God damn it, Lee Hurst's signed a letter." pic.twitter.com/629rHPOHB8
- John Usher (@jwusher) March 5, 2021
He was also branded a 'selfish p****' by Piers Morgan after tweeting about not wearing a mask in a supermarket back in October.
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