Louis Theroux removed piece of finger in cooking accident

Louis Theroux attends the Build Series to discuss the documentary 'My Scientology Movie' at Build Studio on March 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)

Louis Theroux has revealed he sliced off part of his finger in a cooking accident.

The 49-year-old took to social media to tell fans how the accident happened while making a Jamie Oliver recipe.

The documentary maker posted a photo to his 259,000 Instagram followers on Saturday showing his finger heavily bandaged.

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He captioned the photo: "Cut a small slice of my finger off while chopping a red onion for a Jamie Oliver recipe for carrot and coriander pancakes.

"Briefly went pale and had to lie down.

"Family not impressed by my lack of stoicism. Me too frankly.”

In a grim ending to the post, he said: "Still haven't found the missing piece of finger."

The post prompted over 27,000 likes and more than 600 comments, many of which poking gentle fun at Theroux.

Mocking his friend, BBC’s Matt Baker commented: “I think the recipe says Ginger not Finger.”

One follower suggested the accident may have been a blessing in disguise: “You’ve probably saved yourself further upset by doing that than eating something of Jamie Oliver’s.”

Another joked: “I’m expecting a lockdown with Louis documentary at some point just for the record.”

Theroux has recently been in the headlines again due to his association with Joe Exotic, the subject of popular Netflix documentary Tiger King.

He recently invited followers to ask questions about Exotic, who he spent time with while making the 2011 film America’s Most Dangerous Pets.

One fan asked Theroux if he enjoyed Exotic’s company, to which he responded: “Yes I liked spending time with him. He wasn't always relaxing to be around though.

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“He was worried about the angle of our documentary. He pulled access for a bit, then we talked him back.”

Another follower asked what the funniest thing to have happened during the making of the documentary was.

He answered: “The keepers sometimes used to give the chimpanzees colouring books with crayons. I once saw a chimp flick through a book, do a little light colouring, and then calmly eat the whole crayon.”

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