Lenny Henry, the creator of Have I Got News For You, said he thinks “it would be an absolute shame” if the hit satirical program wasn’t back for another season.
Interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today program this morning, Henry said: “It would be an absolute shame to lose [it]. We never do anything consciously. I like to have a little fun, I think that can be very important, that we create controversy, but then I want to have fun. So I think to lose [it] would be a bit sad, I know that isn’t the polite way to say it.”
Henry was on the show with fellow contestant Dawn French, who said she loved the fact the show was “horrible” and that there were “holes in it,” referring to the ribald humor of the show. “There’s an element to it that is male, certain aspects, and you’ve got to respect that,” French said. “We’re all aware we’re there to offend, and to make people think.”
French, who was riding a momentary high after starring in her new play at London’s National Theatre, spoke with double the enthusiasm as she responded to Henry’s comments. “I’m not turning on Have I Got News For You,” she said. “Lenny’s still in love with me!”
Have I Got News For You is currently undergoing a revamp with former Newsnight editor Paul Mason in the host’s place. There was no sign of Deayton during the Today segment, but he is reportedly close to finalizing his exit.