Ashley Roberts to 'sensitively' impersonate Caitlyn Jenner
Ashley Roberts will "sensitively" impersonate Caitlyn Jenner in 'The Keith Lemon Sketch Show'.
The former Pussycat Dolls singer has been signed up by Keith Lemon to dress up like Caitlyn - previously known as Bruce Jenner before her gender reassignment operation - to spoof her for the second series of the ITV2 show.
Keith exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I said, 'Are you up for being Bruce Jenner?' Or should I say Caitlyn Jenner, and she laughed and I said, 'Because it's all guys playing women', and I said, 'We've got to tackle the issue of his transgender thing', so as long as we deal with it sensitively...
"Because the producer originally didn't want to go there because he thought the transgender community would give us a hard time on Twitter and we want to entertain people, we don't want to offend people. But I feel it's offensive not to deal with it and I said, 'I know people who watch the sketch show will expect us to do something with Bruce Jenner'.
"And then I bumped into the boss of ITV and she said, 'I thought you were doing Bruce Jenner?' And I said the producer didn't want us to do anything and she said, 'You've got to', and I went, 'I think we've got to.' So that's how we're dealing with it, we're having a good looking lady play him."
Keith - who is the alter ego of comedian Leigh Francis - also revealed how he spotted himself on an episode of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' recently and is hoping to get Caityln's step-daughter Kourtney's husband Scott Disick to appear on the sketch show.
Speaking about playing Kim Kardashian West in the first series, he explained: "I bumped into [Caitlyn's ex-wife] Kris Jenner at the NTAs [National Television Awards] and I was on the Kardashians the other week. How weird is that? That we spoofed the Kardashians then I'm on the actual programme and it was me talking to her about my mum playing her ... What's Kourtney's husband called? [Scott Disick] Scott, yeah, we want him to play him in it and we'll just blame him for everything. So we'll either try and get him in it or get a good looking guy to play him."