In 1990 shortly before the release of the film 'The Field', Richard Harris was a guest on 'The Late Late Show' where he chatted to Gay Byrne about the film.

As the show ends and the credits roll, Harris continues chatting to Gay Byrne (off-air) about a letter he received while performing Henry IV. The conversation was recorded and the cameras were switched back on. 

The letter complains about how an evening at the theatre was destroyed as a result of Richard Harris "breaking wind" on stage at the beginning of the first act. The letter was written by a husband and wife, who were in attendance at the theatre on the night, who say that their night was "marred" by the experience.

I can only hope that this disgusting lack of anal control does not occur again for the sake of future audiences.

This piece was shown on The Late Late Show the following week.

This episode of The Late Late Show was broadcast on 23 November, 1990.

Richard Harris (1990)