Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan has said he will consider legal action if a decision to cancel a comedy show he was scheduled to appear in at the Edinburgh Fringe is not reversed. 

On Tuesday evening, Leith Arches announced on Instagram that it was to cancel a Comedy Unleashed show on Thursday evening after learning that Linehan would be the “special guest”. 

The venue claimed it did not know he would be appearing beforehand. 

Linehan is known for his outspoken views on trans rights. 

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Speaking to TalkTV’s Julia Hartley-Brewer on Wednesday morning, Linehan said: “It was cancelled within a couple of hours. So I had two hours of excitement and fans saying they were going to go. 

Leith Arches posted the cancellation announcement on Instagram on Tuesday, saying: “We would like to thank members of the public and our community for bringing to our attention a comedy act billed to perform at our venue this Thursday. 

“We were not made aware of the line-up of this show in advance. 

“We have made the decision to cancel this show, as we are an inclusive venue and this does not align with our overall values.”