The Fawlty Towers star took to Twitter yesterday to have his say on the Capital, which generated nearly 10,000 retweets.
He wrote: “Some years ago I opined that London was not really an English city any more.
“Since then, virtually all my friends from abroad have confirmed my observation. So there must be some truth in it…
“I note also that London as the UK city that voted most strongly to remain in the EU.”
The tweet was met with criticism, including from London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who compared the 79-year-old’s comments to that of his famous character Basil Fawlty.
But taking to Twitter again today, Life of Brian star Cleese also responded to critics who have pointed out he is now an immigrant living in the Caribbean island of Nevis.
“It might interest those people who seem to think my remarks about London are racist as opposed to culturalist, to consider that what I like about spending time in Nevis”, he wrote.
“Nevis has excellent race relations, a very well educated population, no sign of political correctness……”
Cleese boasts 5.6 million followers on the platform and his original tweet has been liked more than 36,000 times and retweeted more than 9,000 times.
Responding to a question about differentiating between good and bad, and different cultures, he added: “I think it’s legitimate to prefer one culture to another.
“For example, I prefer cultures that do not tolerate female genital mutilation.
“Will this will be considered racist by all those who hover, eagerly hoping that someone will offend them – on someone else’s behalf, naturally”.
Contrasting his new home with London, he praised the island’s “relaxed and humorous life style, a deep love of cricket, and a complete lack of knife crime”.
London Mayor Khan was unimpressed, hitting back on Twitter: “These comments make John Cleese sound like he’s in character as Basil Fawlty.
“Londoners know that our diversity is our greatest strength. We are proudly the English capital, a European city and a global hub.”
Yesterday, explaining his remark about Englishness, Cleese wrote in an ironic tone: “I suspect I should apologise for my affection for the Englishness of my upbringing, but in some ways I found it calmer, more polite, more humorous, less tabloid, and less money-oriented than the one that is replacing it”.