Over 500 complaints were made about the naughty language - but strangely, not the performance itself...

The BBC has upheld viewer complaints over an outburst of swearing during a broadcast of 'ONE NIGHT WITH ROBBIE WILLIAMS' late last year.

The show, a live showcase for Robbie Williams 'Swing When You're Winning' album, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in London, received over 500 complaints from viewers upset at remarks made by Rupert Everett during song links. The actor swore several times and suggested that everyone, whatever their sexual preference, would like to sleep with Robbie Williams after witnessing his performance. Despite the programme being broadcast after the 9pm watershed the BBC's programme complaints committee agreed that Everett's outburst was unacceptable for a show that would have attracted Robbie Williams's younger fans.

"The scale of the complaints on the night, as recorded in the BBC's log of phone calls, made clear that many viewers were not prepared for the bad language and explicit sexual references (particularly in the linking script delivered by Rupert Everett)," the committee reported in its quarterly complaints bulletin. "Viewers found them gratuitous and out of place."

The show will be edited before it is repeated at a similar time in future. it attracted seven million viewers on its initial broadcast on November 17.

Read More On This Artist

More News
The Pop Group share video for new single 'Mad Truth' – watch
Sleaford Mods slam Kasabian's 'rock 'n' roll is dead' comments at London...
TI wants Iggy Azalea to forget about social media beefs and focus on her music
Palma Violets bring chaos as they preview new material at tiny Scunthorpe gig
Rihanna shares behind the scenes clip of Kanye West and Paul McCartney collaboration video
Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland on recent Instagram comments: "It's a joke with truth...
Gorillaz creator Jamie Hewllet: 'Yes Gorillaz Returns'
'The Wire' star Dominic West raps to promote new film 'Guillemot'
Bobby Shmurda pleads not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder
FKA Twigs performs new song 'Figure 8' during Melbourne live show – watch
The Black Keys perform 'Weight of Love' and 'Howlin' For You' on...
Death Cab For Cutie perform 'Black Sun' on 'Letterman' – watch
Passion Pit confirm details of new album 'Kindred'
Big Sean, Kanye West and Drake team up on 'Blessings' – listen
Noel Gallagher: 'I don't agree with U2 on free music, I'd happily put an extra...
Limp Bizkit guitarist criticises his own fans ahead ShipRocked cruise performance
Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry on stage during Super Bowl half-time show
Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler describes bar room brawl as 'unfortunate altercation'
Fall Out Boy say their new album is 'modern rock of the future'
Man faces ban from Parklife festival after 'boasting' about touting tickets
The Jesus And Mary Chain offer local bands support slots on their February UK tour
Suge Knight arrested over fatal hit-and-run incident in LA

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM