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15th Oct 2022

Miriam Margolyes just said ‘f*** you, b******’ live on Radio 4 about Jeremy Hunt

Charlie Herbert

Miriam Margolyes just said ‘f*** you, bastard’ live on Radio 4’s Today about Jeremy Hunt

Unbelievable scenes on Radio 4

Miriam Margolyes reaffirmed her national treasures status after delivering a brutal takedown of new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt – saying what she really thought about the politician live on Radio 4’s Today programme.

On Saturday morning’s BBC Radio 4, Harry Potter star Margolyes appeared on the show, where she aired her views on Hunt as her interview came to a close.

She told hosts Justin Webb and Martha Kearney, as she was finishing her interview: “When I saw him there, I said ‘You’ve got a hell of a job, best of luck.’

“And what I really want to say was, ‘F*** you, b*****d.’ But you can’t say that.”

Cue panic from the hosts.

“Oh no no no you mustn’t say that,” replied Webb. “We’ll have to have you out of the studio now.”

“We will,” added Kearney. “With many apologies.”

Margolyes made the remark at about 8.30am, at the end of an interview about her Harry Potter co-star, Robbie Coltrane, who died aged 72 on Friday (14 October).

Speaking about her friend, who played Hagrid in the franchise, she said: “I just feel furious he’s died. Such a waste. I hope somewhere he’s able to hear everybody mourning him and praising him and loving him, because he got a great deal out of human contact. He loved people.”

Jeremy Hunt was made Chancellor on Friday following the dramatic sacking of Kwasi Kwarteng by Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Kwarteng had been in the post for just 38 days, making him the second shortest-serving post-war chancellor after Iain Macleod, who died in office.

Crucially, he was a close friend and ally of Truss and agreed with her tax cut policies – unlike Hunt, who this morning gave a number of interviews in which he indicated he will not be going with his new boss’s economic plan for the country.

He told Sky News it was a “mistake to fly blind”, referring to his predecessor and the prime minister’s mini-budget which was delivered without any forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility.

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