Glastonbury 2015: Kanye West stressing out BBC bosses after Brits censorship complaints

The broadcaster is hoping any bad language will be 'acceptable post-watershed'

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BBC bosses are preparing as best they can for the inevitability of Kanye West releasing a ton of profanity bombs during his Glastonbury headline slot.

ITV was forced to mute much of the rapper's Brits performance of "All Day" earlier this year after he decided against a censored version of the track shortly before the show.

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Kanye is not due on the Pyramid Stage until 10.15pm, with BBC Two coverage starting at 9.30pm, and judging by his egomaniacal behaviour on-site so far (an entourage so large other bands have had to cut their guest lists) he may well be later.

The broadcaster is hoping that any bad language will be "acceptable post-watershed", according to The Mirror.


"The set list can change at the last minute so who knows what Kanye could say on stage?" a BBC source reportedly told the paper.

"A warning will be broadcast ahead of his set, advising viewers to expect bad language, but as he comes on at 10.15pm there's hope it will be acceptable post-watershed.

"Given his excessive swearing at the Brits, there will be a lot of nervy execs during his performance, but they'll have to play it by ear on the night."

A BBC spokeswoman said: "As with all live events any broadcast decisions can be made right up until the moment of transmission".

Kanye's Brits performance sparked more than 150 Ofcom complaints - some for his repetitive used of the N-word and others because of the heavy editing.

Bookmakers have been taking bets on how long Kanye will rant for on-stage after his 20-minute chat at Wireless Festival sparked boos from the crowd last year.

We know what Liam Gallagher makes of him anyway: