Woke luvvie rants 'f*** the Tories' in outburst on Oscars red carpet after BBC Gary Lineker row

Lucien Laviscount smiling on the red carpet

British actor Lucien Laviscount swore while on the red carpet

Dan Falvey

By Dan Falvey

Published: 13/03/2023

- 12:53

The interventions were among number of political moments that took place at the Academy Awards

British actor Lucien Laviscount gave a foul mouthed outburst on the Oscars red carpet in Los Angeles last night as he intervened in the BBC Gary Lineker row.

The star of the TV series Emily In Paris flicked his middle finger at the camera as he declared "f*** the Tories" in protest at the BBC's decision to suspend the Match of the Day host.

American musician Nile Rogers also engaged in the debate over the future of the former England footballer.

"If somehow caring about people offends somebody, you know what I say to that? It's not good for television," he said.

Gary Lineker speaking to press outside his homeLineker tweeted the government's language on tackling the migrant crisis was similar to 1930s GermanyPA

The interventions were among number of political moments that took place at the Academy Awards.

Lineker was taken off air for a tweet comparing the language used to launch a new Government asylum seeker policy to that of 1930s Germany.

BBC scheduling suffered severe disruption at the weekend after a number of pundits, presenters and reporters – including Alan Shearer, Ian Wright and Alex Scott – refused to work in solidarity with the Match of the Day host.

The show of support for Lineker from celebrities not involved with BBC Sport came amid concerns within the corporation that the row could escalate and lead to many more contributors from other sections of the organisation refusing to work.

This morning BBC Director-General Tim Davie announced Lineker would return to presenting duties this weekend and that a review of the corporation's social media guidelines would take place.

He said he recognised “the potential confusion caused by the grey areas of the BBC’s social media guidance” following a “difficult period for staff, contributors, presenters, and most importantly, our audiences”.

Davie said he did “the right thing” in asking Lineker to step back from presenting duties, but said he “respects the views” of the presenters and pundits who walked out in solidarity with the former England striker.

The BBC Board said it welcomed the agreement between Lineker and the broadcaster, saying it was “the right time” to review its social media guidelines.

BBC Director-General Tim Davie outside the BBCBBC Director-General Tim Davie said a review of the social media guidelines was being launchedPA

In a statement of his own, Lineker said: "After a surreal few days, I’m delighted that we have navigated a way through this.

"I want to thank you all for the incredible support, particularly my colleagues at BBC Sport, for the remarkable show of solidarity. Football is a team game but their backing was overwhelming.

"I have been presenting sport on the BBC for almost three decades and am immeasurably proud to work with the best and fairest broadcaster in the world. I cannot wait to get back in the MOTD chair on Saturday.

"A final thought: however difficult the last few days have been, it simply doesn’t compare to having to flee your home from persecution or war to seek refuge in a land far away.

"It’s heartwarming to have seen the empathy towards their plight from so many of you."

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