Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters cancel Canadian gigs after being booed

Actor 'scraps' Canadian support slots with Willie Nelson following "mashed potatoes" comment

Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters in the Smokin' Music room at the Texan South By Southwest festival on March 18. Pic: Tom Oxley
Actor Billy Bob Thornton has cancelled his band The Boxmasters' Canadian support dates with Willie Nelson after an apparent "booing" incident

The 'Bad Santa' star was jeered offstage at Toronto's Massey Hall on Thursday (April 9), according to Yahoo Music.

He apparently upset Canadian fans after comparing them to "mashed potatoes without gravy" in an interview with Canadian Broadcasting Corp Radio's Q programme.

Thornton told the crowd at the Massey Hall: "Boo all you want, but I want to say something - we're really happy to be here."

A statement on The Boxmasters' website confirmed that the band were pulling all Canadian dates on the tour due to "flu", adding that they plan to rejoin the North American jaunt in Stamford, CT tomorrow (April 14).

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