Actor Dan Stevens left The One presenters Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas speechless as he attacked Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the show
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Dan Stevens left viewers in hysterics after delivering an incredibly brutal punch to Boris Johnson during his appearance on The One Show.
And afterwards, the former Downton Abbey actor said he made the joke because he wanted to hold the Prime Minister accountable for his “absolutely outrageous” behaviour.
The 39-year-old revealed his comments in the studio earned him “massive applause and laughter” and insisted he hadn’t been rebuffed by BBC bosses.
It comes after Mr Johnson paid a fine for attending a birthday party that broke lockdown – but shamelessly refused to step down.
On Wednesday, Dan appeared on The One Show to promote his new drama Gaslit, based on the events of the 1970s Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of former US President Richard Nixon.
When asked about the film’s premise by hosts Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas, he said, “What you have is a criminal for a leader who is embroiled in a dirty war, embroiled in a stupid scandal and surrounded by ambitious jerks and really should quit…”
He paused briefly, then quipped, “I’m sorry, that’s the Boris Johnson intro.”
Speaking to GQ after the performance, he said: “It’s really hard to ignore the parallels. And I think on a show like Gaslit, you know, especially in this country, people might be like, ‘Well, this is a very American show story. I’m not sure if that’s for me.”
“Actually, a scandal is a scandal, corruption in a political administration is universally relevant, and it doesn’t matter what country you are in.
“There are quite a few, there’s always someone up to something shady. There are a lot of headlines here. I hadn’t really noticed until I hit the ground. I mean it’s one thing to read about it from across the pond.
“But you know, I came here and it’s in every radio bulletin. Absolutely outrageous. And yes, it really cheered me up. I thought it was worth highlighting the extraordinary similarities.”
Stevens said politicians are now able to get away with things that previously led to their resignation.
He added, “I think people need to be held accountable and yeah, not much is changing.”
When asked if the producers spoke to him after the incident, he pointed a joke at the culture minister.
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He said: “And Nadine Dorries storms in and tries to privatize me? Yes.
“No, I mean, it seemed to go down pretty well. There was massive applause and laughter.
“I think you know that unfortunately it’s far too rare these days to see someone speaking their mind and speaking the truth on live television.
“Even our best political journalists are afraid to actually say what’s going on, which makes me pretty pissed.”
As a BBC programme, The One Show must follow the broadcaster’s impartiality guidelines.
But Stevens added: “There’s impartiality. And then it’s just call it what it is and just say what happens.
“And I don’t think I said anything that should surprise anyone.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/dan-stevens-shares-reason-hilariously-26716749 Dan Stevens shares the reason for the hilariously brutal dig at Boris Johnson on The One Show