It seems Adele wasn’t the only one upset that her 2012 BRIT Awards acceptance speech was cut short Tuesday night. Host James Corden and UK network ITV have both publicly apologized for rushing the pop star off the stage in the middle of receiving her Best Album award, causing the boisterous chart-topper to flip the bird at “the suits” in retaliation. Below, James and ITV attempt to clear the air surrounding the unpleasant incident.
The comedian explained that he was merely (though reluctantly) following orders from producers, “Just after Adele said thank you, people were saying ‘You have to go on now. You have to do it now’. I said: ‘How can we cut her off?’…It was such a surreal moment, all you can hear is five people in your ear having an argument and there’s one overriding voice saying ‘James you have to’.”
The awards show host continued, “It’s a shame but it’s a live show and what can you do? It’s one of those things. The channel will learn from it, we’ll all learn from it and rectify that and change it next year.”
ITV explained in its apology, that — as live shows so often do — the show was running long, “We regret this happened and we send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short due to the live show over-running. We don’t want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night’s biggest award.”
And if you need a refresher of the unpleasant 20 seconds, here’s James interrupting Adele at the 2012 BRIT Awards: