‘Apologise for typo’ John Cleese breaks silence after Miriam Margoyles raged he’s a ‘s***’

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John Cleese, 81, took to Twitter today and addressed Miriam Margoyles claim that she was treated “viciously” by the Monty Python actor, Bill Oddie, 80, and the late Graham Chapman when she attended Cambridge University. In her early 20s, Miriam, who is now 80, began acting and appeared in productions by the Cambridge Footlights.

It was during those earlier decades, Miriam first met John, Bill and Graham.

She recently opened up about her experience working with the three famous men while staring in the Footlights revue of 1962 and claimed they “didn’t like” her and treated her “viciously”.

John has now reacted to the claims as he took to Twitter to defend his pal Bill.

The Monty Python star claimed the writer did not appear in the production of Footlights revue.

In view of his 5.6 million followers, John penned: “Miriam Gargoyles says that Graham Chapman, Bill Oddie and I behaved badly towards her when she was in the 1962 Footlights Revue.

“I must defend my old friend Bill Oddie here.”

The actor added: “He wasn’t in the 1962 Footlights revue.”

In a follow-up post, John issued an apology to Miriam for misspelling her name in his first tweet.

He wrote: “I apologise sincerely for the typo above. Miriam’s last name is Margoyles.”

John’s message comes after Miriam claimed the actor never apologised for his behaviour.

In an extract from her new memoir shared with the MailOnline, she wrote: “I didn’t like the Footlights boys and they really didn’t like me. They made that obvious.

“When I say ‘they’, I refer to a most distinguished group: John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Bill Oddie, Humphrey Barclay (later Head of Comedy at LWT), Tony Hendra and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

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“The only girl in the show, I was a pert little madam and thought I was as good as they were — and they didn’t.”

Miriam says she “admired” the later creation of Monty Python and The Goodies but the men were geniuses “not gentlemen”.

She continued: “If you think about it, the Monty Python shows didn’t feature funny women, only the occasional dolly bird. And I certainly wasn’t that.

“The treatment I received from those Footlights boys was diminishing, pointed and vicious. On reflection, it is they who diminished themselves.

“John Cleese, Bill Oddie and Graham Chapman were total s***s — and they have never apologised. The only one who did was the late Tim Brooke-Taylor.”

Miriam stated that although it happened 60 years ago, she is “thankful” that their paths have rarely ever crossed.

Expresss.co.uk contacted Bill Oddie and John Cleese’s representatives at the time.

Meanwhile, John recently cancelled an appearance at Cambridge University after a visiting speaker was banned for a Hitler impression.

The star, who said he had done a similar impression on a Monty Python show, said he was “blacklisting myself before someone else does”.

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