André Rieu says sorry for bad word on air

André Rieu says sorry for bad word on air


norman lebrecht

November 23, 2021

The Dutch violinist-impresario let slip an anti-feminine epithet on UK breakfast TV today while talking about his childhood piano teacher.

The word was bleeped out and he immediately apologised.

Watch here.




  • Mark says:

    Spoiler: He said “She was a b***h.”

  • PFmus says:

    On the other hand, they would have bleeped out “bastard” if it had been a male teacher, and no-one would have tried to make clickbait out of it…

    • John Borstlap says:

      Because everybody knows that men are bastards! Nothing new! In all prisons it’s men who were locked-up, all wars are done by men, all violence against women are done by men, all terrorists and cranks are men, and all PM’s are men. If they hadn’t invented the vacuum cleaner and the dishwasher, we better get rid of them altogether & get children with test tubes!



  • henry williams says:

    i was told off for saying ginger bread man. should be biscuit

    • V. Lind says:

      What do we now call those great lumps of snow we build during winter into figures with little stones for eyes and mouth, maybe a hat and scarf, maybe a carrot nose? One famous one in song was called Frosty. There is a famous (and charming) little movie about one.

      I can just about understand grappling with the appellation “Chairman” when the person in the chair was a woman, though the odd time I held such a position I never objected to being addressed as “Madam Chairman,” though I would have to “Madam Chairperson” (which just sounds as if you are being identified as someone sitting down), and I would have most strenuously to “Chair.”

      But a gingerbread man is a gingerbread man, unless a particular baker opts to form a skirt shape (and why not?). What is wrong with these thought police that they cannot allow a thing to be called what it is?

      It’s all so “thingy.”

      • Hmus says:

        We might designate them as “preciptation entities” – but then the last two syallables might be misheard… or misterheard… whatever…

      • Tamino says:

        It is lack of imagination. That‘s what it is. A couple of generations now grown up with TV instead of books. Their brains can not do the mental task of imaginative thought, which includes metaphorical and figurative use of language. They are semantically illiterate.

        (btw also not good news for classical music and opera, because these mental dwarfs need direct quasi pornographic stimulation.)

      • Bostin'Symph says:

        A “non-gender-specific ice anthropomorph.” 😉

    • John Borstlap says:

      I was once told-off when opening a limo door to a lady. A couple of seconds later, while entering the revolving door and – quickly adapting to new mores – went first, the lady got stuck with her head because I had the door revolving too quickly. It was a difficult but somehow suitable evening (we were going to Salome after the dinner).

  • Tiredofitall says:

    I’ve always liked Mr. Rieu…now even more. Would this even be an issue if Anna Netrebko called a conductor a b***d? I think not.

  • Rabengeraun says:

    I had one of those as a violin teacher

    • Tiredofitall says:

      I had several as bosses…although the women in the office used the even more offensive term when referring to them.

      I guess they’re allowed. I certainly enjoyed listening to the female locker room talk. (All well-educated women at one of the leading arts institutions in the world…)

  • Phillip says:

    Oh that I could be that casual and fluent in a second language.

  • Dan says:

    I thought he said “I hated the c… so much”.
    Anyway, in Denmark it’s not unusual sometimes to hear f-bombs in live tv shows and nobody bats an eye.

    • Tiredofitall says:

      And no one should. I’d rather hear the b-, c-, or f- words more than watching gratuitous violence and murder on television. Society is so screwed up.

    • V.Lind says:

      Same on the BBC. I watch Have I Got News for You and although it is not regular, when f-bombs are occasionally used they are not met by batted eyes.

  • Peter says:

    So many terrible things happening in the world. And this is newsworthy ?

    • Tiredofitall says:

      It isn’t breaking news, but unfortunately, Mr. Rieu is met with ridicule by many in the classical world. I doubt he’s concerned. It’s a case of (to paraphrase Dickens), people will forgive you for anything but success…

      • Genius Repairman says:

        The problem I have with Andre Rieu is my objection to his dumbing down and beautifying the music so that much of the real substance is lost. That is absolutely fine for the majority of people who listen to classical music rarely or who listen for the tranquility and beauty anyway in a narrow band of the repertoire. But for those of us who take classical music as a serious art form to be listened or played for its subtlety and complexity, not to be necessarily understood on first encounter, and revel in the variation of interpretation and don’t mind a bit of ugly and rawness, then Mr Rieu leaves us feeling like we have eaten a hamburger instead of a rare fillet steak. And with so many fantastic interpreters of music out there, why would a serious listener waste their time with him unless they just feel like relaxing to undemanding pop for a bit.

  • Frank Flambeau says:

    On the video, the word is bleeped out (you also have to listen to a terrible commercial to get in).

    No problem. He apologized immediately and he was talking about a childhood memory.

  • Allen says:

    He mis-specied her. Shocking.

  • Michael P McGrath says:

    Isn’t if maddening? We can speak openly of “fraudulent elections” and not get bleeped for spreading bs on the virus. But we have to apologise for saying the word we daren’t write here?

  • Grabenassel says:

    …he should rather apologize for…..well, no… Rieu-bashing this time….;-))