"Really? I didn't realize that."
Comedian John Cleese turned the air blue during a live daytime talk show on Monday. The actor known for his 'Monty Python' roles sent on air TV presenters scrambling to apologize for comments he made on the air due to his unawareness of Britains censorship rules.
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The Monty Python star appeared on This Morning on Monday to promote his new memoir, and during the interview he jokingly referred to his former comic colleague Michael Palin as "a b**tard".
Host Phillip Schofield apologized to viewers for the remark that Cleese made on air, which left Cleese confused about what he had done wrong. He then questioned what the censorship rules were, being unaware that there is a ban on swear words until after 9pm in the U.K.
After Schofield said sorry to viewers, Cleese said, "Why? It's nine o'clock isn't it?" and Schofield replied, "Yes. The wrong one. It's alright at the later nine o'clock."
Cleese then revealed he had genuinely misunderstood the rules, saying, "What? You can't say (a swear word) before nine in the evening? Really? I didn't realize that."
The 74-year-old actor also appeared that the Cheltenham Literary Festival and was asked about whether he will pen another movie to which he replied, "No, because it is too much like hard work."
''It is two-and-three-quarter years and I am too old for that process. If I started on it now I would die.
''I have only got five or six years left and I will be gone - I won't have to worry about ISIS or Ebola, I am looking forward to it.
''Most of the best people are dead - I will be in excellent company having a wonderful time.''
The comedian also admitted he and his fellow Monty Python stars - Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - have never been ''huge friends'' and slammed Michael's travel documentaries, joking they send him to sleep.
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He added: ''Michael, as you know, makes those travel programs that I put on any time I can't sleep.