AceShowbiz - Morrissey received an on air apology from the host of U.K. TV sports show "Sunday Supplement" after he was branded a "racist" by a panellist on air.
The incident occurred as presenters filmed the soccer discussion show remotely on Sunday (May 17), and journalist Sam Wallace made comments he believed were not being broadcast referring to former fans abandoning Morrissey over his controversial political views.
"Morrissey's been cancelled hasn't he as he's basically turned out to be a racist," Wallace said.
Later on the show, host Geoff Shreeves issued an apology over the potentially libellous comments.
"At the start of this programme a brief private conversation was unintentionally broadcast," he added. "It was not meant for broadcast and any conversation does not reflect the views of Sky Sports."
The gaffe does not appear to have gone down well with the former The Smiths frontman as a video clip of Wallace's comments was posted on his Morrissey Central website.
An angry caption above the footage reads, "SKY SPORTS AIR LIBELLOUS COMMENT ABOUT MORRISSEY: SUNDAY TELEGRAPH JOURNALIST SAM WALLACE EXPOSES MORRISSEY TO HATRED, RIDICULE AND INJURY."
The star has come under fire for his political views, including his support of the far-right For Britain party, with some U.K. record shops removing his albums from sale.
However, he has strenuously denied accusations of racism and kicked protesters out of a show in Portland, Oregon, last October.