A Smashing Story

As the week that introduced the public to ‘mug-gate’ draws to a close, here’s our round up of what went down and the bizarre commentary that followed:

Huey Morgan conspiculously absent from the promo photo for this week's edition. © Talkback / BBC

Huey Morgan conspiculously absent from the promo photo for this week’s edition. © Talkback / BBC

Unless you’ve been avoiding all forms of media consumption for the past 6 days you can’t fail to have noticed that Huey Morgan from Fun Loving Criminals lost his rag with a long-running teasing from this week’s hosts, Rizzle Kicks, on Monday’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Huey, who was sat in the infamous ‘Ejector Seat’, gave up during the final Next Lines round when presented with his own band’s lyrics and (horror!) smashed a mug, before storming off set. While he lost his cool, Rizzle Kicks (this week’s hosts) just about retained theirs. For anyone who missed it, here’s how it all kicked off:

Since then the story has been picked up and raked over by the tabloid press (The Mirror, The Mail, Metro) and online news sites (Huffington Post, Digital Spy), amongst others. Perhaps more surprisingly, the “quality press” have been getting on on it too, with coverage in The Guardian and The Independent.

The day after the incident, Noel Fielding‘s twitter response to the furore was reproduced as a further news story. It appeared that an insider‘s initial analysis of what happened, suggesting that everyone in the studio was fed up with the duration of the filming and were supportive of Huey, was wrong. Noel asserted that the audience had backed Rizzle Kicks, and made light of the whole thing.

However, that was not to be the end of it! Next, headlines were made as the Fun Lovin Criminals star blocked Buzzcocks on twitter. Alarmingly, this made it into the broadsheets too!  Well at least absolutely nothing important has been happening in the wider world this week.

Since then an alternative version of Huey’s Buzzcocks hissy-fit has made it onto youtube…

…and unsurprisingly, the TV show‘s marketing folk have been milking the story; expect to see a significant hike in the series’ viewing figures.

The increased interest in Buzzcocks this week has led to another story about the show spreading via social media. It appears that Jim Bob from Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine has been approached several times to appear in the ID Parade section of the show. His manager’s charmingly polite two fingers to that request can be seen here. Genius.

Don’t forget to tune into the next episode of Buzzcocks on BBC2 at 10pm on Monday to see what the following week’s ‘news’paper headlines might hold…

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