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Lenny jokes about X Factor comment

Lenny Henry laughed off Louis Walsh's X Factor comments as he made an appearance last night.

Louis had compared one of the talent show's contestants - Paije Richardson - to a "little Lenny Henry" during Saturday night's programme.

The remark took judge Simon Cowell and show presenter Dermot O'Leary aback.

But Lenny and his former wife Dawn French turned the incident into a light-hearted gag at an event in London to launch her debut novel.

Lenny was in the audience for Dawn's appearance at the Old Vic Theatre and surprised guests by asking a question about the book, A Tiny Bit Marvellous, during a question and answer session.

Dawn then asked: "Are you Paije from The X Factor?"

Her ex, from whom she recently divorced, joked: "No, Ainsley Harriott."

Dawn and comedian Sue Perkins, who was hosting the session, then humorously bemoaned the demise of TV's Ready Steady Cook.

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