Chris Evans has revealed that Foo Fighters and Courtney Love were major acts to have “flounced” off appearances on TFI Friday in the ’90s – with Bjork pulling out leading to a happy accident with the cast of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels.
Asked about some of the last minute cancellations on the hit comedy chat show during its ’90s heyday, Evans revealed that a select few would leave them in the lurch. As for the reasons, the host said “You need to talk to their therapists. It’s never about what you think it’s about”.
“I had a couple of flouncers on TFI Friday,” said Evans on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show this morning. “Foo Fighters flounced, you wouldn’t have them down for flouncers would you? Do you want another one? Courtney Love.”
Speaking of how Bjork turned out to be a “huge flounce,” Evans continued: “It wasn’t so much disappointing for us, I must say. It wasn’t a relief, but what happened in the end was we had some guests booked from the movie Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels which was out that day – and because Bjork flounced, it left a huge hole in the running order of our show. The show was live and 50 minutes long on Channel 4. She was due to sing and be our big interview at the end of the show so that was about an eight or nine minute interview and a four minute performance…
“This was in the afternoon, and we were 13 minutes light. So we knew we had the cast of Lock, Stock coming down because they were just excited about this film and we thought it might be OK. So what we did was we turned into a Lock Stock special and just did Lock Stock the whole show – and it’s all thanks to Bjork.”
He added: “Bjork was booked to either sing or do the interview, and whichever one she wasn’t booked for she said ‘I want to do that as well’. She or her people weren’t very happy about that. So in the end we acquiesced and we said ‘you can do both’, then she said she wasn’t going to do the thing she was originally booked to do’.
“It was a very happy show, we just didn’t need it.”