CBeebies suspend Josh Homme ‘Bedtime Stories’ broadcasts following photographer incident

QOTSA frontman recently injured photographer Chelsea Lauren after kicking her during a live show

The BBC has announced that it is suspending broadcasts of Josh Homme‘s Bedtime Stories episodes following a recent incident that saw the Queens Of The Stone Age frontman kick a female photographer.

Back in October, Homme followed in the footsteps of Tom Hardy and Avengers star Chris Evans by taking part in BBC kids show Bedtime Stories, which sees a famous figure filmed reading a popular children’s bedtime story. The episode that aired saw the singer reading Julia Donaldson’s kids book Zog, a tale “about a heroic and good dragon that is learning to be the best he can be”.

There had been two more pre-recorded episodes of Bedtime Stories featuring Homme, however the BBC now says that these have been put on hold for the foreseeable future.


Homme made headlines last weekend when he kicked photographer Chelsea Lauren at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show. The frontman kicked a camera from the photographer’s hands, which hit her in the face. Lauren later needed care in hospital.

Following the controversy, Homme released an apology video, admitting that he had been a “total dick” and saying that he had “to figure some stuff out”.

A spokesperson for BBC kids channel CBeebies has now told The Telegraph that it “won’t broadcast any new material or re-broadcast his previous story… until the matter is resolved.”

In his apology video, Homme said that the incident meant that he had “failed” at being “a good man”.

“I want to be a good man, but I think last night I definitely failed at that,” he said. That means I failed my family and friends as well. I don’t want them to ever be ashamed or embarrassed about being around me or knowing so. So, I apologise also to my bandmates and my mum and my dad. My wife, my brother and my kids.”