James Haskell looked tense as he took a call after shocking the audience during his podcast recording on Tuesday.
The former England international, who recently announced his split from wife Chloe Madeley, made a series of vile remarks while appearing on World Cup After Party: The Good, the Bad and The Rugby with his ex-teammates Mike Tindall and Alex Payne. recorded.
It was his first public appearance since he and Chloe announced their split after five years of marriage – after he was spotted getting friendly with another woman during a night out in London last month.
During the show, he and his co-hosts performed to a packed house at the G Live Center in Guildford, Surrey – with James mentioning his failed relationship several times during the two-and-a-half hour performance.
During the first half of the show, the audience had laughed as he made fun of himself, but it was his joke, which referenced the collapse of the Twin Towers that killed nearly 3,000 people in 2001, that took over an audibly sharp intake of breath led from the crowd.
Oh dear: James Haskell looked tense as he took a phone call after shocking the audience at his podcast recording at the G-Live center in Guildford on Tuesday
James – who littered his performance with four-letter words – told a story about former England coach Andy Farrell, who urged players to be honest with him and staff about their methods at the team training center.
He said: “He went straight to Tom Wood, right, former player, and he collapsed like the Twin Towers…”
Then the audience gasped and someone shouted “Jesus!”
James said, “What? Too obscene? Damn, that was the 9/11 idiot, it’s time to get over it in 2023.’
As the audience turned uncomfortably in their seats, he continued, “I’m just kidding, kidding.”
Then he laughed nervously and added: “It’s all right. ‘Don’t worry, I’m not coming back to Guildford, it’s fine.’
His co-hosts covered their heads as he cracked the joke and then continued to tell the anecdote to the hushed crowd, with someone overhearing him telling a pal: “That was a bit exaggerated.”
Later, in another crude allusion, he described trying to grab former England coach Stuart Lancaster’s life jacket during a team-building whitewater exercise before the 2015 World Cup – where he sat on the bench.
He stretched his hand forward towards the audience and said, “Look at this hand ladies and gentlemen, it is a claw finger at all angles, the only one who likes it is the woman who is used to it… “
Way? The former England international made a series of vile comments while recording World Cup After Party: The Good, the Bad and The Rugby with Mike Tindall and Alex Payne
The podcast recording was James’ first professional engagement since announcing the end of his five-year marriage to Chloe.
Chloe and James, who married in 2018, had fueled speculation about their relationship after the personal trainer appeared without her wedding ring while partying with friends – shortly after the former rugby player was pictured chatting to a mystery blonde outside a London nightspot.
In a joint update shared on Instagram last week, they announced: “Chloe and I have mutually decided to separate at the end of September 2023.”
“We had no plans to release a statement at the time – especially not while the TV show was airing – but constant speculation about our marriage unfortunately forced us to do so.
“Beyond this statement, we will not speak publicly about this matter and ask for privacy at this time.”
“Our only focus now is our beautiful daughter. “We will continue to co-parent with nothing but love.”
End of an era: The podcast recording was James’ first professional engagement since announcing the end of his five-year marriage to Chloe Madeley (pictured in 2018)