Britain's Channel 4 has defended an early-evening talk show after it received
numerous complaints about the language used by singer Elton John Tuesday night.
During the telecast of The New Paul O'Grady Show, which aired at 6:00
p.m., a time when children were likely to tune in, John was asked about his
name. He said he changed it from Reginald Kenneth Dwight because it made him
sound like "a banker or a wanker, one of the two." A "wanker" is British slang
roughly equivalent to a "jerk-off" in American slang. After making the comment
and receiving hoots of laughter from his audience, John remarked, "Sorry if it
has been a bit raucous, ladies and gentlemen." On Wednesday, a Channel 4
spokeswoman told the BBC (which published the word as "w*****" on its website):
"I don't think it is the strongest language, and we feel that Paul dealt with
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.