Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Much to the puzzlement of the British, many of whom regard Benny Hill with a reaction somewhere between discomfort and disgust, The Benny Hill Show was (and, in some cases, still is) very popular in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Australia, France, Italy, Finland, and Romania, among other countries. The show has not aged well in its native Britain, but remains popular overseas.
Never Live It Down: Many Americans still associate British humor primarily with Benny Hill. The Brits definitely do not; his programmes have not been re-run on terrestrial television since 1992, or on cable or satellite since 1999. However, that's not to say he's entirely despised:
In 2006, Channel 4 aired a documentary called Is Benny Hill Still Funny? in which a cross-section of adults too young to remember the series when it was still on the air watched a half-hour compilation of sketches. Not only did they find them funny (the "Wishing Well" sketch featuring an appearance by David Prowse was the group's favourite), they didn't find them particularly offensive.
In the "France" episode of QI (which originally aired in January 2009), Phill Jupitus notes that Stephen Fry's beret and glasses make him look like Hill, and the two plunge into a brief, appreciative retrospective.