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Watchdog to take 'no action' after a 'very tired' Dermot O'Leary swore on live TV

Robert Dex

Published 13/07/2015 | 14:40

Watchdog to take 'no action' after a 'very tired' Dermot O'Leary swore on live TV during his 24-hour dance marathon
Watchdog to take 'no action' after a 'very tired' Dermot O'Leary swore on live TV during his 24-hour dance marathon

Communications watchdog Ofcom has said it will take no further action after a "very tired" Dermot O'Leary swore on live TV during his Comic Relief dance marathon.

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The broadcaster, who recently left his job hosting The X Factor on ITV, raised more than £600,000 for good causes by dancing for 24 hours.

Dee Koppang and Dermot O'Leary attend the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 2, 2015 in London, England.
Dee Koppang and Dermot O'Leary attend the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 2, 2015 in London, England.

But 18 hours in to his marathon effort, he greeted a friend outside New Broadcasting House in central London by saying: "how f***ing fantastic to see you".

Ofcom noted O'Leary apologised within a minute and the BBC broadcast a further apology shortly afterwards.

Dermot O'Leary has left his presenting role on The X Factor, saying it is
Dermot O'Leary has left his presenting role on The X Factor, saying it is "time for me to move on". Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Dermot O'Leary has been a mainstay of the hit ITV talent show for eight years

Read more here: Strictly no dancing for O'Leary  

The BBC told Ofcom it had warned all its guests not to swear, adding that O'Leary was "aware he was wearing a live microphone and that the event was being broadcast live".

The Ofcom report noted: "However, given the event had begun at 19:00 the previous evening and by the time of the incident at 13:30 the next day the BBC said Dermot O'Leary was very tired having been dancing for over 18 hours and throughout the night."

The watchdog's spokesman said: "After carefully investigating this programme, Ofcom took into account that the BBC had issued two apologies immediately after the offensive language was aired. As a result, we consider the matter resolved."

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