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John Lydon 'banned for lifting lid on Jimmy Savile'

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Published 24/09/2015

Former Sex Pistols star John Lydon
Former Sex Pistols star John Lydon

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

Speaking to Piers Morgan's Life Stories, Lydon, better known as Johnny Rotten, referred to an interview from 1978 in which he said Savile was "into all sorts of seediness" and that people knew but were not allowed to talk. His comments were not broadcast.

Lydon said: "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."

The frontman also told how the notorious group struggled to deal with their overnight fame. "We became so big, it was too earth-shattering," he said.

And he revealed that he was given the Johnny Rotten moniker by his former bandmate Steve Jones because of the state of his teeth. "In my childhood, the only time I saw a toothbrush was my dad cleaning boots," Lyndon said. "There was bits (of teeth) missing, all cracked. I'd avoid the dentist."

He also told of how he struggled to deal with the heroin overdose death of bandmate Sid Vicious, who had been released on bail for the alleged murder of his girlfriend when he died. Lyndon said: "Sid was my mate, but I watched him destroy himself. It came as no surprise. As with most people who mess with heroin, they lose their souls earlier."

Piers Morgan's Life Stories: John Lydon airs on ITV at 9pm tomorrow

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