There’s been wide speculation as to whether the police drama series will be coming to an end for good after its sixth series finished in May.
“If a person hates the show, they hate the show, I have never said anything negative about someone who doesn’t like the show, in itself,” he said.
“If someone invents something that doesn’t exist as a way of saying, ‘it’s a bad show’, then they’re lying. And they’re committing disinformation.”
However, when asked by writer Alice Jones if Line of Duty would be returning for another series, Mercurio replied: “It just feels like this is clickbait now.”
While Jones pointed out that it was a fair question for such a popular show, Mercurio apparently then yelled: “Feel free to generate some clickbait,” his manner described as “suddenly furious”.
He is then described as sarcastically commenting that he “really enjoyed” their conversation, before logging off.
The i Paper interview is not the first time Mercurio has taken aim at a journalist. In 2019, he singled out a writer who listed Line of Duty among the biggest TV disappointments of the year in a GQ interview in March, calling her “a c***”.
The Independent has contacted Mercurio’s representative for comment.
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