Sex Pistols' Lydon still bitter about BBC ban for calling Savile ‘seedy'

John Lydon
John Lydon

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has said he is still bitter about "being banned" from BBC radio after speaking out against Jimmy Savile.

Lydon, better known as Johnny Rotten, has referred to an interview he did back in 1978, in which he commented that Savile was "into all sorts of seediness. We all know about it but we're not allowed to talk about it".

He told Piers Morgan on Life Stories: "I did my bit, I said what I had to (but they didn't air that). I found myself banned from BBC radio for quite a while, for my contentious behaviour. They wouldn't state this directly, there'd be other excuses."

Formed in 1975, the Sex Pistols went on to become one of the most well-known and notorious British bands of all time.

Pundits credit them with inspiring the punk rock movement, and charismatic front man Lydon became known for his raucous behaviour.