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Elton John Reportedly Thought the Ugly Remarks He Made About Madonna Were 'Off the Record'

Elton John thought that remarks he made about Madonna in an Australian TV interview — he called her a "c*nt" and a "f**king fairground stripper", were off the record, according to an entertainment reporter on Radio 3AW’s Breakfast Show:

Elton_john3AW's entertainment reporter Peter Ford told Ross and John he had been contacted by Elton John's publicity team, first saying the claims made by Molly Meldrum were rubbish. Pete Ford said after telling Elton John's representative that the claims had aired on television, he was told that the conversation was allegedly 'off-the-record'.

"Elton's been around long enough to know that if there's a camera there and someone's standing behind it with a red light on... It's still being recorded," Peter Ford told 3AW Breakfast.

Speaking with 3AW Breakfast, Molly Meldrum said he was taken aback by Elton John's comments attacking Madonna.

"I love Elton, but when he launched into Madonna I slightly went into shock because Madonna also is a friend of mine," Molly Meldrum told Ross and John. "But I have to say that she has been very naughty of late."

Peter Ford said Molly Meldrum had a good enough relationship with Elton John to not do the wrong thing by him.

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  1. Methinks Sir Elton drinks too much.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Aug 6, 2012 5:57:30 PM

  2. I'm so sick of this publicity whore/drama queen. He's far more of an embarrassment than Madonna is.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 6, 2012 5:58:14 PM

  3. Elton who?

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Aug 6, 2012 6:08:24 PM

  4. He is not doing himself any favours. Obviously, he's pissy since he lost that GG to Madonna last year and he has not gotten over it. He says M has been "horrible" to Gaga... I think she's been pretty reserved about it considering how much Gaga's copying her every move (forget the BTW/EY controversy, the perfume launch month's after Madonna's was soooo obviously a rip-off, it wasn't even funny). And Madonna's repeatedly called Gaga talented... she certainly hasn't sunk to anywhere near this level. Is this the pussy (pot) calling the vagina (kettle) a c*nt? That's a pretty reprehensible and mysogynistic word. Shame, Elton, shame.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Aug 6, 2012 6:14:22 PM

  5. He can be just awful, but really no worse than Madonna.

    Posted by: Scotto X | Aug 6, 2012 6:21:38 PM

  6. Elton and Gaga have been especially nasty. Madonna has never been as "cunty" as either of those two drama queens.

    I know he's all cleaned up, but someone should fix that a man a cocktail!

    Posted by: KDNA | Aug 6, 2012 7:01:35 PM

  7. These comments are hysterical

    Someone trash talking another for publicity sounds SO unfamiliar!

    Do any of you realize that the "reductive" comment came a full 11 months after Born This Way came out and Madonna just so happened to have a film, album, single, video and Superbowl performance that she was trying to drum up press for?

    If anything, she's actually found her match in Elton in stunt-queenery and I for one am LIVING for it

    Posted by: Christopher | Aug 6, 2012 7:26:59 PM

  8. He's right about her recent output, at least. She keeps cynically going back to the dance music well instead of continuing to grow as an artist.

    Posted by: Joshua | Aug 6, 2012 7:27:18 PM

  9. When was the last time Elton did anything fun or interesting? At least Madonna still experiments and takes risks.

    Elton should just retire to Palm Springs, wear ugly caftans by the pool, and stay out of the media.

    Posted by: dh | Aug 6, 2012 7:36:08 PM

  10. Those who question Madonna haven't followed her since she knew Andy Warhol. In other words, like so many of the unfortunate aspects of your generation -- you missed it. Time Elton started tinkering with the lyrics to "Candle In The Wind" to suit his life. Of course he would have to say something about Madonna.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 6, 2012 7:37:32 PM

  11. Stay classy, Elton. You're setting a great example for you kid.

    Posted by: luminum | Aug 6, 2012 7:38:39 PM

  12. Christopher: That Gag is so unique. She's had a meat dress. Her next costume is made of all things, toilet paper cardboard roll inserts. I hear she's just a few rolls shy of a completed outfit. You can live for that one. She's a genius.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 6, 2012 7:44:12 PM

  13. somebody needs a meeting

    Posted by: feo | Aug 6, 2012 7:54:04 PM

  14. Vadge and Elton are both overrated greedy cvnts who are both past their prime.

    Posted by: Both pigs | Aug 6, 2012 8:10:44 PM

  15. And you will be past your prime to. Sooner than later.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 6, 2012 8:18:27 PM

  16. It makes me giggle that folks are actually taking sides in the Elton-Madonna "feud."

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Aug 6, 2012 8:18:46 PM

  17. Well, someone needs to tell the slag she is old and over. Tell both of them.

    Posted by: Otkon | Aug 6, 2012 8:45:52 PM

  18. At least Madonna continues to release new material whereas Elton just continues to recycle his old catalogue. But seriously, who cares about either one? Move on people, nothing to see here.

    Posted by: jamesintoronto | Aug 6, 2012 9:02:56 PM

  19. love the dramz!

    Posted by: Nelson | Aug 6, 2012 10:01:16 PM

  20. Really: There's no reason to take sides. It's not like they're your neighbors or there's an election.

    Posted by: Markt | Aug 6, 2012 10:29:59 PM

  21. That he thought his words would not be repeated only makes it worse.

    Posted by: Tone | Aug 7, 2012 12:16:19 AM

  22. Oh, well, if it was off the record, thinking like that is perfectly OK.

    Posted by: starshipcaptain | Aug 7, 2012 12:56:37 AM

  23. Elton has become a sad and bitter individual - he has nothing else to do anymore but make such remarks about people who still have a career.....

    Posted by: fabtastique | Aug 7, 2012 2:23:22 AM

  24. He only said what most intelligent people think about Madonna.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Aug 7, 2012 2:38:38 AM

  25. Elton you were right. Don't backtrack. Own it. Madonna is repulsive-always has been, always will be. And by the way, the only thing she's brilliant at is self-promotion, with the enormous help of an acquisent media.

    Posted by: Molc | Aug 7, 2012 3:14:36 AM

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