WATCH: John Lydon Goes Rotten on Female Australian TV Host

John Lydon on the Australian TV show 'The Project' (Photo: YouTube)

John Lydon on the Australian TV show ‘The Project’ (Photo: YouTube)

No one ever expects decorum from John Lydon — better known as Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten. But even his most jaded critics are gagging at his latest stunt, which took place Tuesday (April 9) in Australia where he’s currently touring with his other classic band Public Image Ltd.

While Lydon was appearing via satellite on the Australian chat show The Project, host/panelist Carrie Bickmore chimed in to ask Lydon his thoughts on the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. “Shut up,” Lydon snapped, which would have been nasty enough, but he just had to add, “When a man is talking, don’t interrupt.” The belligerence only continued, leaving Bickmore stunned and angry while the live studio audience gasped in disbelief at what they were witnessing.

The whole sordid affair can be watched below, starting at around 4:10:

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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