IT Crowd star Ayoade remains supportive of the comedy legend, describing him as “one of my favourite writers” in a glowing review of his upcoming book.
“This book shows that his brilliance in prose is equal to his brilliance as a screenwriter”, he wrote.
“It unfolds with the urgency of a Sam Fuller film: That of a man who has been through something that few have experienced but has managed to return, undaunted to tell us the tale.”
TV host Jonathan Ross branded Linehan “one of the best TV comedy writers of all time” in a glittering review.
He added: “A must-read for anyone who has ever wondered: a) how to create a sitcom and b) how it feels to lose everything. It’s funny, complicated and utterly compelling.”
After a string of controversial remarks about trans people, Linehan denied disliking them in an interview with The Times this year.
“Trans is so loosely defined”, he said.
“It seems to cover both Eddie Izzard and a 16-year-old girl who’s got dysphoria.
“There’s got to be an understanding of the difference between a transsexual who has been through something immense in their lives and someone who’s putting something on black fingernail polish and trying to get into the ladies’.”