The Magic Numbers talk about ‘Top Of The Pops’ walkout

Romeo Stodart says presenter Richard Bacon's comments were "uncalled for"...

ROMEO STODART from The Magic Numbers has given his band’s side of the story about their last-minute walk out from ’TOP OF THE POPS’ last Sunday (August 7).

The band decided not to perform on the show after becoming angered by alleged comments by guest presenter Richard Bacon.

Now, speaking to XFM’s Stodart said: “Basically, we thought it was uncalled for, we were introduced in a bad manner, and it was just not funny. We were really excited about appearing on ’Top Of The Pops’, it was a dream for us, and we got up there, and there was no way we could have played the song after that…

“It’s fine, the way I see it is it’s done and dusted, we walked out, we just wanted to stand up for ourselves. With any reviews and in interviews, people always mention it, but we’re like everyone else, we’re able to take a joke. We’re not over sensitive about it, we feel confident and cool about ourselves and think we look great as a band.

“We just thought within an introduction from a presenter, it’s like, you’re not going to say, ‘Here’s a young guy with blinding talent, here’s Stevie Wonder’, you wouldn’t say that.”

Asked if ’TOTP’ presenter Richard Bacon had apologised, Stodart said that he had no problem with the presenter himself.

He added: “I didn’t even know who he was until after. When people said that people don’t even like him, I thought ‘That doesn’t matter’, it was just the fact that someone said it when they shouldn’t have.”

Stodart was unsure whether the band would return to the show in the future, saying “We’ll just see how it pans out.”