The organizers for 2012 BRIT Awards have responded to Adele's flip the bird controversy with an apology to the singer. In a statement released after the incident, a spokesperson for the awards show said, "We regret this happened and we send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short this evening due to the live show over-running."
The rep added, "We don't want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night's biggest award. It tops off what's been an incredible year for her." The show's broadcaster, ITV, has also issued similar statement. "The Brits is a live event. Unfortunately the program was over running and we had to move on," its spokesman said. "We would like to apologize to Adele for the interruption."
Adele found herself at the center of controversy for flipping her middle finger after her acceptance speech for Best British Album was cut short. She, however, was quick to give explanation about her rude gesture. "I was about to thank the British public for their support. They cut me off, sorry if I offended anyone but the suits offended me," she said backstage.
The "Someone Like You" hitmaker, who collected a total of two trophies from the awards on Tuesday, February 21 night, went on to say, "I got cut off during my speech and flung the middle finger. But that finger was to the suits at the Brit Awards, not to my fans." She added, "So thank you very much for all your support. It's amazing."
After the show, BRIT Awards host James Corden also expressed his regret for having to cut Adele's speech. "I was having the best night of my life and then I had to cut Adele off before she's even had chance to say thank you," he said. "She's the biggest star in the world. I don't understand what happened but I'm upset about it."
Corden also claimed he didn't know the reason why he was asked to do so. "I don't understand quite why I was made to [cut her short]," he admitted. He later added, "Blur played for 11 minutes and she didn't get chance to say thank you once."
Fellow celebrities have also taken to Twitter to show their support for Adele. TV chef Jamie Oliver wrote, "ITV BRITS executive producer why did you cut off Adele! bloody rude ! shame anyway respect Adele well deserved jox," while Lily Allen tweeted, "I'd rather hear adeles acceptance speech," and "I can't say I'm surprised . It was like the music industry's attitude to women played out as a metaphor."