Bobby Davro ‘insulted’ at TV execs ‘ignoring’ old-school entertainers for dogs

Bobby Davro has blasted TV execs for ignoring old-school entertainers.

The comedian is angry that ­variety has been ditched from the schedules to make way for reality shows.

He says it is stopping established acts getting telly work and is ­preventing any new talent from coming through.

Bobby said: “People like Bruce Forsyth and Des O’Connor are no longer with us.

“I was hoping that I would get a chance to follow in their footsteps, but instead TV has gone in the direction of reality shows.

“If you can’t cook, you can’t skate, you haven’t got a garden or haven’t got something in your attic to sell then you can’t get on television these days.

"It’s very sad. I don’t want to be on TV if it means selling things out of the boot of my car or skating.

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“I want to be on TV doing what I do – making people laugh.”

Britain’s Got Talent is one of the ­biggest shows on the box.

But Bobby thinks even that fails to champion variety entertainment.

He said: “Britain’s Got Talent is taken up by dogs with three legs. But what benefit do you get from a dog act?

“What can you do with that? It’s not an act that can be developed.

“It’s not a show about giving acts a career. Instead it’s all about the journey they go on. I think that is rather insulting to professional entertainers.

“When you look back at shows like Opportunity Knocks and New Faces, the acts were given the opportunity to go on and do better things.

“People like Jim Davidson and Les Dawson were able to go on and ­become household names.

“But these days, I don’t think many people could tell you who won Britain’s Got Talent two years ago.”

Bobby has struggled to get telly work in recent years.

But at 62 he’s ready for a ­comeback, if a primetime show will give him a chance.

He said: “I’d just like to be involved in some of the panel shows like Would I Lie To You?. I want to do what I do for a living.

“They could make a show for people like me… Still Alive At The Apollo!”

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