“Shutup!” ‘Johnny Rotten’ turns on Carrie Bickmore

By David Knox on April 10, 2013 / Filed Under News, Top Stories 43

2013-04-10_0029In a pre-recorded cross to former Sex Pistols punk rocker John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) The Project panel got a little more than they bargained for.

But when Carrie Bickmore attempted to ask him about the late Margaret Thatcher, Lydon told her to shutup, not because of her question but because he said she was shouting into his earpiece. Even when she attempted to ask the question into a bizarre sexist rant towards Project host, Carrie Bickmore.

“Bad press is his thing, but his thing ain’t funny, it’s just damn rude,” Bickmore said after the interview.

It’s unscripted moments like this that are the reasons viewers warm to Bickmore and nominated her for a Gold Logie -and probably the same reason they won’t be buying tickets for Johnny Lydon.

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  1. Carmike April 28, 2013 at 7:36 pm -

    What a effin hypocrite, rude? what about the countless offensive jokes and remarks she made about people on her stint on rovelive? I reckon she deserved it and got it coming, too bad the media is full of shit making it look like it was something it’s not. Eff the media!

  2. s5000 April 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm -


  3. tvaddict April 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm -

    Seems pretty obvious to me this was a good old publicity stunt & Carrie was in on it the whole time, can’t believe no one else has seen thru it

  4. raif1700 April 10, 2013 at 11:40 pm -

    @ keegie, if you do not watch the project, how do you know what it is like.

  5. byeana April 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm -

    To me it looked like what ever he was on. either just kicked in or just wore off, but regardless the resulting gross ignorance displayed, was just rotten, and no doubt would have impressed many of the same Ilk.

  6. Chris N. April 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm -

    @Benji77: I think that was actually Magdalena Roze. They said it was her accent but Jeremy was also in the mist of a noisy premiere.

    They were totally not shouting. I did not notice any difference in their volume relative to any other interview they’ve done and nobody has ever had a problem with it like Rotten. Even if you do have a problem with the earpiece, that’s no excuse to go on a sexist rant and attack the rest of the panel. Johnny Rotten is a jerk, but he probably thought he was being punky given how smug he was.

  7. greyghost April 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm -

    Can you point me to an episode of the Project where they dont shout……Dave Hughes has made a carear out of it !!!

  8. LeoG April 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm -

    I am absolutely shocked at how many people think what John Lyndon did was ok. It was disgraceful. Whether he’s known for is abuse or not, it was disgraceful. You don’t speak to people that way.

  9. Jennome April 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm -

    It wasn’t just Carrie he accused of shouting, it was all of them. Regardless of his rudeness, it would appear that the volume level of his earpiece was too high, something easily adjusted I would have thought.

    And she wasn’t shouting at all, just trying to speak clearly while he whinged at her.

  10. Keegie April 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm -

    What do you expect?
    They must have known what he is like.

    All done for publicity….the reason I don’t watch the project.

  11. The Other Adam April 10, 2013 at 3:31 pm -

    Sex Pistols were manufactured the same way as Spice Girls and One Direction

  12. jonno April 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm -

    It was recorded and was very uncomfortable to watch. Why did they show it????

  13. thatonethere April 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm -

    So tihsamikah, in your opinion it’s ok to be a rude, sexist, obnoxious pig to someone you don’t know.

    John Lydon is a pathetic, bitter, old man.

  14. mason April 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm -

    JR claims to be working class or representing working class. I would hazard that he no longer has any concept of working class and hasn’t done for about 40 years.

    That said The Project is annoying.

  15. gregaus April 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm -

    Anyone else find it “interesting” that the moment the guy turned vile was when he was asked the question about Margaret Thatcher? What a great job Carrie and the team did in handling that situation. Class act all the way. (Though a part of me does wish someone like Wil Anderson was on the panel, as I doubt he’d have let the guy get away with that behaviour).

  16. Dr_Rudi April 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm -

    Let me be the contrarian. Carrie *was* shouting, and she *did* interrupt.

    Also, Charlie was wrong, Lydon last toured here (with the Sex Pistols) in 1996 (that isn’t twenty years ago).

    @ ashton, dave, cronker, theotheradam

    You need to discover PIL. Go and listen. Lydon is a dead-set legend, and a serious talent.

    @David – I’ve seen Lydon twice, and if the tour was coming to my city (or if I could get time off work to go to Melbourne) I would be buying tickets to see the band. I’d speculate that Bickmore fans and PIL fans are mutually exclusive entities.

  17. jezza the first original one April 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm -

    Johnny Rotten is a hero to many and has been for decades. Do not expect anything fluffy and nicey nicey from a committed attention seeker……cos he is an antichrist, he is an anarchist

  18. Secret Squirrel April 10, 2013 at 12:54 pm -

    He was rude but isn’t that why they had him on and wanted to bait him with a Q about Thatcher?

    I’m glad it’s not just me who finds Carrie’s voice to be less than mellifluous, altho’ I also think that about most of the women radio jocks. Maybe they’re taught to speak like that in broadcast school?

    @The Other Adam – I’m pretty sure there won’t be many teens, rebelling or otherwise at PIL’s gigs.

    @Ashton – “Never heard of this guy before…”
    Think that says more about you than him.

  19. Mac April 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm -

    Adam : Who care’s? Darn – I wish rebelling teens cared about the Sex Pistols. They blasted open the doors for visceral expression of social frustrations. The Sex Pistols (and PiL) remain important, a reminder of the dangers of becoming complacent and dull. This interview was not one of Lydon’s prouder moments (as a fan, even I’m embarrassed by how he failed to move on). But to write him off completely on this one big stuff-up is indignant in itself.

  20. J Bar April 10, 2013 at 11:49 am -

    Even if he didn’t understand what was happening with the interviewers, his misogynist rant is unacceptable at any time.

  21. The Other Adam April 10, 2013 at 11:29 am -

    What a tool. Seriously who cares about the Sex Pistols anymore apart from rebelling teens?
    He himself admitted he didn’t understand what he was singing in God Save The Queen… but that’s their bread and butter they were trained to be arrogant and controversial

  22. deedeedragons April 10, 2013 at 11:11 am -

    Whatever. I doubt The Project cares. They are in the news. For once.

  23. AllanPo April 10, 2013 at 10:45 am -

    What a pig.

  24. Mac April 10, 2013 at 10:32 am -

    That was a bizarre over-reaction to what he should’ve recognised was a techie issue, not a personal one. A rare mis-step from Lydon and I don’t begrudge the panel for reacting that way. I still think Lydon is a total champ though.

  25. bettestreep2008 April 10, 2013 at 10:09 am -

    I think Johnny was drunk.

    He had obviously been celebrating ‘Big Birds’ death.

    And although I don’t care about Rotten, the worst segment of the entire show had to be Amanda Vanstone’s interview.

    Blasting a few hundred thousand Brits for celebrating her beloved apartheid loving Thatcher was much more offensive than Rotten’s antics.

  26. ryan April 10, 2013 at 10:05 am -

    God what a complete loser! As soon as he said that they should have gone ok then no more air time for you!

  27. james23 April 10, 2013 at 9:50 am -

    You gotta love Carrie. What a class act!

  28. Darcey09 April 10, 2013 at 9:43 am -

    You have to admire Carrie making it on TV with that voice. It’s like chalk on a blackboard.

  29. daveinprogress April 10, 2013 at 9:35 am -

    benji raises a good point about the 4 voices in the earpiece. But i come back to that he didn’t understand what the cross would entail, or if he did he just wanted to be a pratt. Tony Bee is right as well – Billy Bragg would have been a saner option.

  30. cronker April 10, 2013 at 9:33 am -

    Regardless of the difficulties of using an earpiece on a live cross, this douche should remember that the purpose of this interview was to give national publicity for his tour.
    Sure, sometimes being controversial in an interview is good for drumming up sales, but being a misogynist pig really won’t cut it.
    He’s a washed up has-been and its a testament to Bickmore and the Project’s professionalism that they didn’t just say “don’t buy his tickets, folks!”

  31. Benji77 April 10, 2013 at 9:22 am -

    Poor Carrie – Jeremy Renner couldn’t understand her, and now this twat over-reacts to her higher-pitched voice.

    It must be hard though for an interviewee to have 4 different voices come at you during a live cross.

  32. seriouslysquare April 10, 2013 at 9:20 am -

    regardless of whether you get off on bad press or not being rude is not acceptable. he was a complete d**k.

  33. Dave April 10, 2013 at 9:03 am -

    A washed up has been. His kind of shock act is so boring now. We’ve moved on from that crap.

  34. Tony Bee April 10, 2013 at 8:48 am -

    He’s Johnny Rotten. What do you expect? If they wanted an articulate “punk” assessment of Thatcher they should have been talking to someone like Billy Bragg.

  35. carolemorrissey April 10, 2013 at 8:44 am -

    What a rude obnoxious pig he was, and Carrie handled him with class and dignity.

  36. kimbeth April 10, 2013 at 8:38 am -

    Another reason not to take drugs..

  37. Ashton April 10, 2013 at 8:22 am -

    Never heard of this guy before so not sure what he meant by him being a superstar.

  38. J Bar April 10, 2013 at 8:16 am -

    What a lowlife he is. Nobody deserves that sort of abuse.

  39. daveinprogress April 10, 2013 at 7:53 am -

    Well he is pretty rotten isn’t he? I don’t think he knew what the show was, how it would be conducted and he was true to form. No fine line between rock star persona and real person. Just a d**k! Dave handled it best and thankfully they bailed.

  40. Gaz April 10, 2013 at 7:47 am -

    Carrie handled the situation very well, as always. He has left a bad impression on me that will last forever.

  41. matricite April 10, 2013 at 7:45 am -

    It’s ohkay Carrie!! We all love you! :)

  42. Bazza April 10, 2013 at 7:13 am -

    Frankly I agree with John Lydon, she and her voice are incredibly annoying.

    Still, it does go to show that these guys weren’t geared up for a decent bit of trolling, which is odd, given John just about invented the passtime.

  43. tihsamikah April 10, 2013 at 5:03 am -

    who is Carrie Bickmore again?

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