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Dan Walker and Les Dennis.
Dan Walker has found a prank pulled on Les Dennis pretty funny (Picture: Rex)

Dan Walker has weighed in on a truly bizarre trolling situation targeting newly announced Strictly Come Dancing star Les Dennis.

This week the former host of Family Fortunes was announced as part of the line-up for the upcoming season of the BBC dancing series, which he’ll compete on with fellow famous faces including Angela Rippon, Adam Thomas and Zara McDermott.

But soon after, trolls decided to do a little takeover of the TV presenter’s Wikipedia page, editing it to claim that he’s been fooling us all and is actually a horse.

Several screenshots of the entries have been captured and shared on social media, with one reading: ‘Leslie Dennis Heseltine (born 12 October 1953) is a purebred horse pretending to be an English television presenter, actor, and comedian.’

Another said he was a ‘television presenter, actor, comedian, and Race Horse’.

Despite some of the entries being taken down, the trolls were determined and kept trying their luck.

Les Dennis' Wikipedia page got an interesting update this week.
Trolls took over the TV presenter’s Wikipedia page and claimed he was a horse (Picture: Twitter)

However, the page was later locked, a detail pointed out by someone keeping up to date on all the action.

‘People keep changing Les Dennis’ Wikipedia to claim he’s actually a horse, so they’ve locked the page for vandalism,’ someone shared on Twitter.

The prank caught the attention of presenter Dan Walker, 46, who previously appeared on Strictly back in 2021.

Sharing a post about the trolling, Dan wrote: ‘You’ve got to admire the dedication.’

Dan Walker.
Dan said he ‘admired’ the efforts of the pranksters (Picture: David Fisher/Shutterstock)

At the end of his comment, he also made it clear how funny he thought it all was, adding an emoji of a horse.

Many others took great delight in the light-hearted joke, with someone sharing on Twitter they were now concerned for how Les was going to handle taking to the dancefloor.

‘Will be interesting to see how a horse handles the Charleston or the Quick Step,’ they wrote.

‘Why is Les being saddled with these allegations,’ someone else shared.

Les Dennis.
Les is yet to comment on the claims (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

Another added: ‘When asked if he is indeed a horse, Les was heard to reply “Neigh”.’

However, his previous dancing experience will likely put Les in good stead after starring West End productions including Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Only Fools And Horses The Musical, Chicago and The Addams Family.

But while BBC was waiting to announce the star as the last name for the Strictly line-up on Friday, Les had accidently let slip ahead of time that he’d been polishing off his dancing shoes.

Explaining the blunder, Les confessed to Ben Shepherd on GMB: ‘What happened was, the Strictly producers asked me to send a playlist of songs you might like.

‘I’m totally hopeless with social media and all that so my daughter put my playlist together for me, and put “Strictly by Les Dennis”, so I could send it to my agent by email but I must have done a fat finger error and put it on Twitter instead.’

The playlist featured over 140 songs which Les said was a heavy mix of The Beatles, James Taylor and other ‘real old school’ music. has contacted representatives for Les Dennis for comment.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC later this year.

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