Lucien Laviscount issues expletive-fuelled rant at government over Gary Lineker row

The Emily In Paris star did not mince words when asked what he thought about the Match Of The Day pundit being told to 'step back' over his views on immigrants.

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Lucien Laviscount did not hold back when asked about Gary Lineker being taken off air over his opinion on immigration.

The football pundit was told to 'step back' from presenting while it was decided if his tweet referring to Nazi Germany in his criticism of the Home Office's crackdown on Channel crossings breached BBC guidelines of impartiality.

Emily In Paris star Laviscount was asked what he thought about the row on the red carpet at Elton John's annual Oscars party.

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The 30-year-old actor told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "F*** the Tories."

Lucien Laviscount poses during arrivals at the Elton John party to celebrate the Oscars at the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 12, 2023. REUTERS/Lauren Justice
Lucien Laviscount was not afraid to speak out about the row surrounding Gary Lineker. (Reuters)

Laviscount apparently made a rude hand gesture at the camera as it was blurred out on screen.

Musician Nile Rogers was also at the party for the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Asked about the Lineker row he said: "If somehow caring about people offends somebody, you know what I say to that? It's not good for television."

Match Of The Day host Lineker became embroiled in a row after he publicly criticised the government on social media.

Nile Rogers on stage at Bush Hall on September 20, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Redferns)
Nike Rogers defended the right to free speech. (Getty Images)

Referencing home secretary Suella Braverman's plan to keep migrant boats from entering the UK, Lineker wrote: “Good heavens, this is beyond awful."

He added: "There is no huge influx. We take far fewer refugees than other major European countries. This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s, and I’m out of order?"

The BBC's decision to take the presenter off air sparked a debate about freedom of speech.

Gary Lineker Match of the Day
Gary Lineker was taken off air while his controversial tweet was investigated by the BBC. (BBC)

BBC Director-General Tim Davie has now confirmed the corporation has reached an agreement with Lineker and he will return to screens, without having to apologise for his comments.

Lineker tweeted in response: "After a surreal few days, I’m delighted that we have navigated a way through this. I want to thank you all for the incredible support, particularly my colleagues at BBC Sport, for the remarkable show of solidarity. Football is a team game but their backing was overwhelming...

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"However difficult the last few days have been, it simply doesn’t compare to having to flee your home from persecution or war to seek refuge in a land far away. It’s heartwarming to have seen the empathy towards their plight from so many of you."