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Middle-fingergate has ended in victory for Adele, with ITV and the Brits apologising for cutting short her best album acceptance speech at last night's awards. When an apologetic James Corden interrupted the singer so that Blur's live performance could be fitted into the broadcast, which ended at 10pm, Adele showed the middle finger to the crowd, in a gesture she said was meant for "the suits, not the fans". She added: "I'm sorry if I offended anyone but the suits offended me."
Now ITV has released a statement, saying: "The Brits is a live event. Unfortunately the programme was over-running and we had to move on. We would like to apologise to Adele for the interruption."
A Brit awards spokesperson said: "We regret this happened and we send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short this evening due to the live show over-running. We don't want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night's biggest award. It tops off what's been an incredible year for her."
Corden was clearly embarrassed by the incident, and said on ITV2's post-Brits programme: "I just feel bad about having to cut Adele off. I really don't understand quite why I was made to, but it's not a very nice way to end … She's the biggest star in the world. I don't understand what happened but I'm upset about it. Blur played for 11 minutes and she didn't get a chance to say thank you once."