John Lydon sparks controversy smoking cigarette live on Loose Women

John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols, sparked a divided reaction after smoking a cigarette live on Loose Women today.

On Wednesday’s episode of the ITV talk show, John, 64, tuned in over video chat to speak with Jane Moore, Janet Street-Porter, Brenda Edwards and Coleen Nolan.

As he reached the end of his interview, John, who is living in Los Angeles, lit up a cigarette, puffing on it as the presenters bid him farewell.

Several Loose Women viewers expressed their disbelief over the musician’s action, some accusing the rocker of ‘trying to be controversial’.

Another commented that ‘smoking on live TV looks so wrong these days’.

On the website for communications regulator Ofcom, it states that smoking ‘must generally be avoided and in any case must not be condoned, encouraged or glamorised in other programmes broadcast before the watershed (in the case of television)’, the exception being if ‘there is editorial justification’.

While a number of people criticised John for smoking on live TV, others found the moment entertaining.

Several viewers also pointed out that they could see a ‘Keep America Great’ cap in the background of John’s screen in support of Donald Trump, who is being succeeded as president of the United States by Joe Biden today.


None of the Loose Women presenters mentioned John’s smoking on screen as they transitioned into the next segment on the show.

Metro.co.uk has contacted ITV and John’s representative for comment.

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.

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