Jeremy Irons was a little too relaxed on Chris Evans’s Radio 2 show this morning.
The actor was regaling the studio with an anecdote about actor John Hurt, when he inadvertently dropped the F-bomb live on air.
Evans went into panic stations, apologising profusely for anyone who was offended.
However, judging by the reaction on Twitter, everybody had already forgiven the silver-tongued Irons for his live misdemeanour.
“I remember when I was a young man, about 30 as an actor, and John Hurt – who was a neighbour of mine in Hampstead – we were having a coffee one morning,” he said. “When you get to 30 you begin to get a bit edgy you see, because you find there’s young ones coming up who look rather better than you, because they’re younger, and are rather good as actors.
“John and I were moaning about this,” Irons continued. “And he said, ‘You know what I do when I find a good actor? I say to him, ‘You have a wonderful voice. Have you ever listened to it?’ And the actor is f****ed.’”
Cue absolute carnage in the studio, with Evans shouting, “You can’t say that on the BBC!”
“I’m so sorry,” Irons said while fellow guest Paloma Faith burst into a fit of laughter. “It’s so relaxed here, so normal,” he added.
“A little too relaxed,” Evans said.
“I’m so embarrassed, I can’t talk,” Irons said. “I need to recover.”
But while Irons was composing himself, listeners were loving it.
— Michael Sissons (@msissons) March 18, 2016
Hearing Jeremy Irons say the F word on @BBCRadio2 this morning followed by Chris Evans' melt down. Has literally made my morning!
— Harrys Drink Company (@HarryMilkshakes) March 18, 2016
Maybe it’s something about Irons’s voice that lets him get away with it?
I must hear the f-word 100 times a day but when Jeremy Irons says it on @BBCRadio2 at 9.10am it gives it real gravitas.
— Matt Westcott (@mattwecho) March 18, 2016
I'm sure some precious flower was offended but I thought Jeremy Irons massive Radio 2 F-Bomb was glorious.
— Pete Kent (@NotPoshPete) March 18, 2016
For sensitive listeners, we can only apologise. Catch up on Chris Evans’s radio show here.
Jeremy Irons fruitily dropping the F-Bomb + Chris Evans panicking like a chicken on the motorway = my Friday has peaked already.
— Elizabeth Corlett (@ElizaCorlett) March 18, 2016