Peter Kay has called Matt Hancock a ‘belle**’ in an hilarious thank you message to fans.
In case you hadn't heard, the Phoenix Nights creator announced this week that he was retuning to the stage for a mega tour of the UK and Ireland.
Demand has been absolutely astronomical, with hundreds of thousands of people queuing up virtually to get their hands on the coveted tickets today (12 November).
As a result of the huge amount of interest, even the comedian's website crashed this morning.
And in a post to Twitter, Kay said he was bowled over the by the support, and thanked everyone who had managed to get a ticket.
Oh, and he also took the opportunity to have a dig at the disgraced former health secretary too.
He said: "Thank you! Absolutely blown away, especially as some of the shows aren't for a good while yet but don't worry we'll have a laugh when we're all together. Much love, Pete.
"P.S Matt Hancock IS a proper b***end."
The 49-year-old then took to social media to write: "Peter Kay announces his first new live stand-up tour in 12 years!"
He also posted a hilarious clip of him moving a rug while discussing the upcoming tour before revealing a list of the UK cities he'll be travelling to in 2023.
These include Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Belfast, Newcastle, Birmingham, Dublin, Glasgow, Cardiff and Nottingham.
In order to allow more people to come and see him, Kay later announced a number of extra dates on Saturday, 16 December, 2023, as well as another on Saturday, 6 January, 2024.
Other new dates include 9 August and 7 October, 2024 at Birmingham Utilita Arena; 17 and 18 May, 14 and 15 June, and 26 and 27 July, 2024 in Manchester; and 6 September, 2024 in Sheffield.
Announcing the news on Twitter today, Kay wrote: "Extra dates added to Peter Kay’s arena tour!”
He is also set to appear regularly with a new residency slot at the O2 Arena, which will take place monthly.
Ticket sellers SJM Concerts were forced to issue an apology earlier this week as fans flooded to get pre-sale tickets, acknowledging 'a number of technical issues customers experienced while trying to buy tickets for Peter Kay's upcoming live tour via the O2 Priority pre-sale'.
If you managed to get tickets, well done. I'm not bitter at all.Featured Image Credit: Mark Waugh/Alamy/ITV