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Rebecca Cook

Lucien Laviscount fumes 'f*** the Tories' as Oscars stars hit out at BBC's Gary Lineker row

Emily in Paris star Lucien Laviscount had colourful language for the Conservative government as he walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards ceremony amid its row with Gary Lineker.

Good Morning Britain’s North American correspondent Noel Phillips was on the champagne-coloured carpet at the glitzy event early on Monday morning, as he gave ITV viewers a run-down of the night.

Noel told hosts Ed Balls and Susanna Reid in the studio: “The Oscars might have been a slightly quieter affair with no punches thrown, but it was still a historic night.”

He continued: “It’s worth saying this year’s ceremony wasn't the most memorable or eventful, which will be a huge relief to the Academy, especially after the last 12 months they have had.

“Nonetheless it was an historic night. We saw Everything Everywhere All At Once winning seven of its 11 nominations.

Noel Phillips was on the champagne-coloured carpet (ITV)

“Here on the red carpet, one storyline which got a lot of guests talking about as they walked down this champagne-coloured carpet was the row between the BBC and Gary Lineker.”

The BBC’s football coverage faced major disruption over the weekend due to the broadcaster’s decision to suspend Gary Lineker for his tweets about the UK asylum policy.

Noel spoke with the Emily in Paris star about the impartiality row and he simply turned to the camera and said: “F*** the Tories,” which was bleeped out in the ITV pre-recorded clip and appeared to flip the camera the finger as his hand was blurred.

Lucien, 30, stars as sharp-suited Alfie in the hit Netflix romcom opposite Lily Collins.

Burnley-born Lucien started out as a child model for M&S before landing the role of swimmer Ben Richardson in Coronation Street – and sharing a kiss with Kym Marsh ’s Michelle Connor in 2009.

Two years later, he appeared in Celebrity Big Brother, where he met and dated Kerry Katona, who is 12 years his senior.

After landing the major role in seasons two and three of Emily in Paris, movie offers are now rolling in – and Lucien is even tipped to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond.

Noel also spoke with musician Nile Rogers (ITV)

Noel also spoke with musician Nile Rogers, who said of the row: “If somehow caring about people offends somebody, you know what I say to that? It's not good for television.”

Lucian and Nile’s comments on the Academy Awards red carpet come in the wake of another day of last-minute programming changes for sport coverage on the BBC as presenters refused to appear on BBC sport shows in solidarity with Lineker.

BBC director general Tim Davie yesterday said it had been a ‘difficult day’ as he apologised for the disruption to BBC sports programming.

He told a BBC reporter: “I’m sorry audiences have been affected and they haven’t got the programming.

“As a keen sports fan I know to miss programming is a real blow and I’m sorry about that. We are working very hard to resolve this situation and make sure we get output on air.”

He added: “Everyone wants to calmly resolve the situation. Gary Lineker’s the best in the business – that’s not for debate.”

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