Orlando Bloom is in trouble after an on-air 'racial slur' left some listeners in the UK reeling.
The actor was being interviewed on Radio 1 when he was asked by the host, Nick Grimshaw, about his stunts for the upcoming flick Unlocked.
"I'm still a pikey from Kent, boy. I'm still a pikey from Kent. You don't want to get on the wrong side of me, boy," Orlando replied.
In case you don't know, 'pikey' is slang used to describe a gypsy or traveller, and has been deemed derogatory by many in the community. The National Gypsy-Traveller-Roma Council said Orlando's use of the "racially abusive term is worrying".
The BBC probably knew there would be complaints coming in strong, as at the end of the broadcast Grimshaw said, "So good to have Orlando Bloom on the show... he's a bit of a loose cannon. Apologies if you were offended by anything that Orlando may have said."
Since then, BBC has issued a formal statement saying, "As with any live broadcast, we take great care to ensure all guests are briefed about their language before going on air. We apologised to listeners afterwards for any offence caused."
Meanwhile, Orlando has released his own statement about his use of the word.
"I've come from Kent and I grew up with a lot of, like, freewheeling, cool, interesting characters like that," he said. "I certainly wasn't taking a slant at that at all. I'm very respectful."