Footage of S Club 7 pulled from a controversial interview with Claudia Winkleman in the early ’00s has resurfaced.
The seven-piece pop group, which formed in 1998, announced on Monday (February 13) that they would reunite for a UK and Ireland tour this autumn to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
“After eight years it is incredible to announce that we are back together and performing together,” S Club 7 said in a statement.
Shortly after their first split in 2003, the band took part in a farewell interview with Winkleman on BBC Three’s Liquid News.
While introducing the pre-recorded segment, the network explained to viewers that S Club 7’s Jo O’Meara, Hannah Spearitt, Jon Lee and Bradley McIntosh had “some difficulties” during the chat.
In the interview, O’Meara said it was “nice to leave with a good taste in your mouth” after a period of success.
Then Winkleman asked the band to “talk about money.” He suggested S Club 7 were “grumpy” because they hadn’t made a “pretty penny”, saying their manager Simon Fuller had “pounds 90m in the bank”.
The singers denied the rumors before a member of S Club 7’s PR team interrupted the shocking moment.
And he added: “I tried to stop this and I had to come in here. We’re leaving! I’m sorry…”
The host apologized, but S Club 7 left the studio.
Speaking later to entertainment journalist Vanessa Langford, Winkleman asked her what went wrong. The former said that the line of questions had strayed from the “innocuous and benign” ones that S Club 7 might be used to.
“Your question was not that long, but you could see the guys looking back a little and getting puzzled, and then PR came along,” explained Langford.
Amid news of S Club 7’s upcoming comeback, the disastrous interview resurfaced on social media and various media outlets. Check out a series of reactions on Twitter below, and watch the full conversation above.
Tickets for the 2023 S Club 7 tour go on sale at 10am GMT this Friday (February 17) – you can buy yours here. See the full list of dates below.
13 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
14 – Sheffield, Utilita Arena
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16 – Dublin, 3Arena
18 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
19 – Newcastle, Utilita Arena
20 – Leeds, First Direct Arena
21 – Manchester, AO Arena
23 – Cardiff, International Arena
24 – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
26 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
28 – London, The O2