In a bitter dispute between ITV and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber that looks set to escalate over the coming weeks, the popular peer is vehemently denying that he has duped ITV with his new talent show, Superstar, into giving him an unprecedented free prime time weekly two-hour advert for the upcoming revival of his Jesus Christ Superstar West End musical.
Speaking about the show to Sky News earlier today in response to the allegations made by an unnamed ITV insider and published in The Mail, a clearly irritated Lloyd Webber said, "As if I'd be trying to get free adverts for any of my work. Really, the very thought of it is quite obnoxious! As an impresario I have to wear a coat of many colours and sometimes Oh what a circus it can all be. When I was younger I used to say to Tim (Rice) you must have a dream, Tim, and not any dream will do. But to close every door to dreams just might run the risk of you not becoming a Superstar. The memory of that is still with me to this day."
And then in a suprisingly emotional outburst he went on to add, "Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ, who am I, and what have I sacrificed to get where I am today? This was was all thrashed out with ITV before we signed the deal, but now after this slur...I don't know how to love them."