‘Can we move on?’ Rod Stewart wraps up The One Show chat as hosts address ‘touchy subject’

The One Show: Rod Stewart swerves Live Aid question

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Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? hitmaker Rod Stewart shut down The One Show hosts Lauren Laverne and Jermain Jenas this evening when they touched upon a “touchy subject”. The award-winning singer, 76, was asked about why he didn’t make an appearance in the 1985 Live Aid concert

t’s a very touchy subject

Rod Stewart

Speaking to Gone Girl actress Rosamund Pike about whether she had a “sliding doors” moment with being asked to do the Harry Potter movies, the star revealed that she hadn’t.

Turning to singer Sir Rod, Lauren said: “But there was for you, I saw some headlines today because it was revealed in the paper this morning that you were supposed to be part of Live Aid in 1985 and you only just found out why that didn’t end up happening.”

Turning to Rosamund, Rod said exasperatedly, “It’s a very touchy subject”, as he awkwardly repositioned himself on the green sofa.

He said: “Well I had somebody who worked for me who didn’t bother to tell me and it was all to do with CBS News.

“‘Well if it’s not going to be on the CBS News, you won’t have it,’ we can’t name any names,” he told the hosts.

“But I always wondered why I wasn’t invited to do that,” he said to Lauren.

“So the message never reached you?” Lauren asked.

Cutting her off, Rod said: “Can we move on?” while wildly gesturing with his hand.

As the presenters and guests started to talk over themselves, Rod could be heard saying by way of explanation, “It’s a legal issue”, before Lauren asked the guests some questions from viewers.

Speaking to the BBC about the release of his 31st album The Tears Of Hercules, the Hot Legs hitmaker addressed his absence from one of the biggest music events of the 1980’s.

Looking back at the global event, Rod said:”We actually were supposed to do it but a few guys in the band told me that our ex-manager turned it down because I wasn’t getting the right news coverage.

“He only wanted me to do it if I got on the CBS news at 10 o’clock. He said, ‘If not, he’s not doing it.’

But Rod told how he felt differently because of what the event stood for.

“And that’s not what it was all about,” the star said.

“It was to raise money for kids.

“It wasn’t about what news channel you were going to be on in America,” he added.

Speaking about learning that he was meant to star in the charity concert, Sir Rod admitted that his absence was “weird”.

Rod explained: “I only just found this out.

“I thought it was weird that I didn’t do it,” he went on.

The One Show continues weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.

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