Joe Lycett claims Steph’s Packed Lunch storm off stunt was entirely ‘planned’

Joe Lycett has finally broken his silence on his epic strop on Steph’s Packed Lunch this Thursday.

The comedian was appearing for a chat about gym workouts, but got sidetracked as he explained he’d gone plastic-free at home in an attempt to help the environment.

While talking to host Steph McGovern, Joe was caught out when a snap of him hanging out in the garden using a plastic bottle popped up on screen.

"Isn’t that one of the bottles you said you’d stopped using, in that picture?" Steph quizzed the stand-up.

A lengthy, awkward pause followed, after which Joe muttered: "I didn’t realise I was on Newsnight…"

Though everyone laughed off the awkward incident, Joe could be seen taking off his microphone and walking off-set.

As explanation for his "stunt", Steph simply said: "Joe Lycett was going to stick with us but he’s had to leave."

But now Joe has finally broken his silence on the whole thing, posting the infamous snap to his Instagram account.

He can be seen lounging in a deckchair, flashing the peace sign in a pair of huge sunglasses, with a Yop bottle on the floor in the background.

"Some of you might’ve seen or read that I had a ‘tantrum’ on Steph’s Packed Lunch yesterday and ‘stormed off’ the show. That is absolutely true," he wrote.

"What you might not know is: I planned the whole thing."

Joe continued: "Clear PET plastic bottles are widely recycled and contribute to the circular economy. If you put a clear PET plastic bottle in the recycling there’s a good chance it will become another clear PET plastic bottle. Coloured and in particular white PET plastic bottles are much harder to recycle.

"I explained this on Thursday’s show, but later a picture with a bottle (made with white PET plastic) appeared on screen. Steph pointed out my apparent hypocrisy and I KICKED OFF (by ‘KICKED OFF’ I mean ‘took my mic off and left the studio’).

"All of it was planned, all of it rehearsed. Today I seeded pictures of me drinking from one of these bottles which Greg James agreed to retweet. The tabloids loved it – Mummy’s all over the press!" he cheekily added.

"The bottle in question? Yop. I risked my reputation as a jolly, affable and very-much-available chat show guest to say this as loud as I can: Yop, it’s time to stop using white PET plastic.

"What you sayin’ Yop?"

And Joe appeared via video link on the programme on Friday to explain his epic strop.

"Soz! It wasn’t real!" he apologised, before explaining that most of the production team at the show weren’t actually clued in to what was happening.

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"It was a stunt for a very good cause, I think," he said. "I decided I wanted as many people to know about the [PET plastic] issue, and we thought, how do you get press inches?

"What did Piers Morgan and Patsy Palmer do? You storm off a chat show!"

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays from 12:30pm on Channel 4.

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