He added: “I would like to state to anyone interested in the truth of this matter that no such postcard was ever written by me, and no dismissal postcard was ever placed on Andy‘s car with my knowledge or consent”.
“I am naturally irked that such an alleged deed has gone down in the fairy tale footnotes of Smiths lore.”
“Secondly, Andy‘s ‘dismissal’ from The Smiths would not be a decision solely made by me, and would not be announced by me on a note bearing only my name. It would also not be executed by a handwritten note carelessly thrown on to the hood of a car (or window-wipers, as has often been reported). Doesn’t anyone have the wit to work this one out?”
Rourke was sacked by The Smiths in 1986 for his alleged drug use but the bassist rejoined the band after a fortnight.