Miriam Margolyes asked to leave 'Today' studio after sharing sweary insult about Jeremy Hunt
Miriam Margolyes has been asked to leave BBC Radio 4's Today show studio after unleashing a foul-mouthed comment about Jeremy Hunt.
The actor had been invited into the studio on Saturday morning to share her memories of Robbie Coltrane, whose death aged 72 was announced on Friday, but added in a sweary insult about previous guest Hunt.
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He has also been on the programme after being appointed by Prime Minister Liz Truss to replace Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor, but Margolyes, 81, made it known she wasn't a fan.
As hosts Justin Webb and Martha Kearney thanked her for her tribute to Coltrane, Margolyes was expected to end her interview, but began: "I never thought I'd be sitting in this seat..."
Webb prompted her: "...that Jeremy Hunt has just sat in, is what you were about to say."
But Margolyes continued: "Yes, and the thing is, when I saw him there I just said, 'you've got a hell of a job, the best of luck', and what I really wanted to say was, 'f*** you, you b******', but you can't."
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A shocked but laughing Webb said: "Oh, no no no no no, you mustn't say that!"
Margolyes replied: "You can't say that, it's not fair."
Webb said: "No, you can't say that, we'll have to have you out of the studio now."
Co-host Kearney agreed: "Yes, with many apologies."
Margolyes could be heard protesting: "No, but I..." before she was cut off.
Webb has made his own live on air sweary comment about Hunt in the past, although his was accidental.
In 2018, Webb was speaking on Radio 4's Today about a Daily Express report on elderly people selling their homes to pay for care during the time that Hunt was Health Secretary.
He said: "The paper says that Health Secretary Jeremy C*** ... Hunt is understood to favour a cap on social care."
Earlier in Saturday's interview, Margolyes had paid tribute to Coltrane, who she starred alongside in the Harry Potter films where he played Hagrid and she was Professor Sprout.
She said: "He was a very fine actor and delightful man," also praising his starring role in the TV series Cracker.
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