Monday 24 July 2017

BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw forced to apologise after Orlando Bloom says 'pikey'

Actor Orlando Bloom attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actor Orlando Bloom attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw has apologised after Orlando Bloom used the word "pikey" on his breakfast show.

The British-born Hollywood star told the programme he was "a pikey from Kent", before clarifying that he was not "taking a slant" at gypsy and traveller communities.

After the interview, Bloom said: "I've come from Kent and I grew up with a lot of, like, freewheeling, cool, interesting characters like that.

"I certainly wasn't taking a slant at that at all. I'm very respectful."

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Grimshaw told listeners Bloom was "a bit of a loose cannon", adding: "Apologies if you were offended by anything that Orlando may have said."

Radio 1 said: "As with any live broadcast, we take great care to ensure all guests are briefed about their language before going on air.

"We apologised to listeners afterwards for any offence caused."

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