John Cleese has denied reports that ‘Loretta scene' is going to be cut from the stage version of Monty Python’s Life Of Brian for fear it’s transphobic.
Last week it was reported that the scene in which a male member of the People's Front of Judea said he wanted to become a woman would be dropped.
It was based on Cleese receiving feedback from actors at a run-through that the scene would be problematic. However, the 83-year-old has now clarified that he was merely repeating the concerns… but would not be acting on them.
Writing on Twitter, he said: "A few days ago I spoke to an audience outside London. I told them I was adapting the Life of Brian so that we could do it as a stage show (NOT a musical).
"I said that we'd had a table-reading of the latest draft in NYC a year ago and that all the actors - several of them Tony winners - had advised me strongly to cut the Loretta scene. I have, of course, no intention of doing so
"So someone in the audience had called a journalist and misreported me. Amazingly none of the British media called to check."
Watch 'Loretta scene' below and judge yourself: