JOHNNY Vegas has hit out a the BBC for axing his hit comedy, Ideal.
The show starred Vegas, real name Michael Pennington, as a small-time drug dealer.
It was on its seveth series, and was enjoying its highest ever rating, when the axe fell.
BBC Three Controller Zai Bennett decided to cancel the programme, calling for a “clean sweep” for the channel.
But, in a swipe at the Beeb after being presented with a Best Performance gong at last weekend’s Television Society North West Awards, Johnny said: “Thank you BBC. When the numbers have never been higher, you’ve cancelled us.
“I’m being fired by the man who commissioned Kerry Katona... so I’m proud to do anything else that you’re not involved in.”
Johnny, who hails from Thatto Heath, is involved in a Christmas show on Sky which featured local schoolchildren.