ONLY Fools and Horses legend Sir David Jason was told he "had no star quality" by BBC bosses in brutal snub.
It was revealed last month that the 81-year-old TV icon was temporarily considered for the lead role in 70s sitcom Some Mother's Do 'Ave' Em.
He was in the running to play accident-prone clumsy character Frank Spencer.
However, BBC bosses wrote him off suggesting that he was "only funny in supporting roles".
Raymond Allen, one of the show’s writers, told The Telegraph that a number of talented actors were considered for the role.
He claimed some of the most notable comedic stars including Norman Wisdom and Ronnie Barker both turned them down.
Raymond said that Norman “didn’t see the jokes” after reading the script and Barker was “too busy” on other shows.
When the he put forward Sir David for the part, the BBC executives turned him down claiming he had "no star quality".
Theycouldn’t pull off such a big part.
Raymond that the chiefs were aware that he was talented and said: “Yes, he is funny.”
But took a swipe at his acting abilities adding: "But he is only funny in supporting roles, he hasn’t got star quality.”
The BBC bosses told Mr Allen that Sir David would “always be a supporting actor” and nothing more.
Michael Crawford went onto play clumsy Frank Spencer from 1973 to 1978.
The BBC sparked fury this week after their investigation into the language used during the 70s sitcom Some Mother's Do 'Ave' Em.
The show has since been reanalysed and a disclaimer has been added to start of the episode to alert viewers to the “outdated”.
Despite having "such a great time", Crawford says he is unlikely to reprise the role again.
He told the BBC in 2016: "This was 40 years ago. You have to be careful with a character like that, that he doesn't look politically incorrect and unkind to anyone."
Sir David Jason is one of the most legendary television actors of the 20th and 21st century, with an incomparable number of iconic characters to his name.
He is best known for his comedy shows like Only Fools and Horses, Darling Buds of May, Open All Hours and the detective drama, A Touch of Frost.
According to Spears, Sir David Jason is worth £6.9million. This includes his earnings as an actor, as well as personal appearances and property portfolio.
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