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ITV Apologizes to Adele After Cutting Her BRIT Awards Speech Short

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Hell hath no fury like Adele scorned. Not only did she get an award winning, massively successful album inspired by a guy who ticked her off, she also got an apology from the network that cut her off during her acceptance speech at the 2012 BRIT Awards.

Some background: Last night at the BRIT Awards, Adele was giving a heartfelt acceptance speech for her Album of the Year victory when she was cut off by host James Corden. Corden was then on the receiving end of a chorus of boos from the crowd — and Adele flipped him the bird!

After the ceremony, Adele explained, “I was cut off during my speech but I wanted to thank the British public for all their support. I was held up with my voice and troubles but the album kept walking without me. I flipped the bird for the suits at the BRITs who cut me off. Sorry if I offended anyone but it was for them, not for the fans.”

MTV U.K. reports that the BRITs released a statement regarding the incident.

“Evening all…We would like to say a few words about Adele’s British Album acceptance speech tonight. We regret this happened and we send deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short tonight due to the live show over-running… We don’t want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning her incredible award… it tops off what’s been an incredible year for her.

The Brits is a live event, sadly the programme was over-running and we had to move on. We would like to apologise to Adele for the interruption.”

For his part, Corden felt terrible about having to cut the ‘Someone Like You’ singer’s speech off. “I just feel bad about having to cut Adele off,” Corden said. “I really don’t understand quite why I was made to, but it’s not a very nice way to end. I was having the best night of my life but then I had to cut Adele off before she had a chance to say thank you — she’s the biggest star in the world.”

Corden wasn’t the only British star who wanted Adele to finish. Singer Lily Allen spoke out about the incident on Twitter. ”I’d rather hear adeles [sic] acceptance speech,” Allen wrote. “I can’t say I’m surprised. It was like the music industry’s attitude to women played out as a metaphor.” While we’re not sure if it’s sexism or just bowing to sponsors for maximum commercial time, we agree that she should have been able to finish!

Hopefully Adele can forgive ITV and the BRIT Awards… But if not, we’d love to hear her write a song about it!

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