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KILROY WAS BARE!; Fury at nude hoaxer in TV ratings war.

Talk show king Robert Kilroy-Silk was panned yesterday for letting a hoaxer expose himself on live TV.

The ex-Labour MP apologised to viewers after a man calling himself Alex Leroy dropped his trousers and jumped about naked.

"Leroy" was later revealed to be a known con artist banned from other chat shows.

Observers pointed out that his stunt came on the first day of Kilroy's head- to-head war with ITV rival Vanessa Feltz.

And a spokesman for Vanessa accused Kilroy of a cheap bid to boost ratings.

Housewives' favourite Kilroy was criticised by broadcasting watchdogs last year for using a hoaxer who made paedophile claims on the air. The man was later arrested.

He ran into trouble again at 9.05am yesterday, as an estimated 1.5million people watched his studio debate about adultery.

"Leroy" had just finished bragging about cheating on his girlfriend with five other women when angry women in the audience said he should be castrated.

He responded by dropping his trousers, jumping to the front of the stage and wiggling his bare backside.

A horrified-looking Kilroy ordered the flasher off the set to cheers from the women.

"Leroy" was hustled away by production staff and BBC security guards.

Kilroy told viewers: "I'm sorry my mother had to see that."

But despite his show of outrage, Vanessa's aide reckoned Kilroy is more interested in seeing off the competition than in keeping weirdos like "Leroy" off the air.

He said: "This man is top of our banned list and is known for using different names and making different claims.

"Two years ago, he duped Vanessa when he claimed to be a hypnotist.

"He also appeared on an Anglia TV show saying he would not take a paper bag off his head until Princess Diana gave up Dodi Fayed."

Kilroy said last night: "Both my production staff and I are extremely sorry for any offence caused by this morning's events.

"We strive to avoid this sort of behaviour but people must take responsibility for their own actions."

A BBC spokeswoman confirmed viewers had complained about the full-frontal shocker.

She admitted "Leroy" had been on Kilroy in 1994 talking about stage hypnotism.

But she insisted he had been booked by the show in good faith.
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Author:Graham, Polly
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 24, 1998
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