Monty Python star claims Elton John skipped the Olympics’ end because he didn’t fancy the bus ride home

Did Sir Elton John snub the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony because he’d have had to get a bus home?

Monty Python star Eric Idle claims the bus ride was the “clincher”, despite stars including One Direction and Elbow piling on to the “rowdy” coach.

Eric, who performed Always look On The Bright Side Of Life at the event, says: “There were no cars after the show.

“For all those glamorous performers, they had arranged a bus! I think that was the clincher for Elton.

"A bus ride home. For Elton? He dropped out.”

A source close to Elton said: “It’s unlikely Elton would have been aware of the bus.”

But Eric says the singer, 71, missed quite a party on the bus.

Monty Python star claims Elton John skipped the Olympics' end because he didn't fancy the bus ride home

Eric Idle performs during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games
(Image: Getty)

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“The bus turned out to be surprisingly good fun because [my wife] Tania brilliantly arranged with the caterers to stuff it with champagne and it became quite a party and we did get very rowdy.”

In his book Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography he also says the stars were paid just £1 to appear, after signing a 300-page contract.

“Even that quid wasn’t easy to come by,” he says, claiming the Olympic Committee initially failed to cough up.

“Some months later, I decided to call them on this and got my California lawyer to send them a letter demanding immediate payment of one pound.

“They did see the humour of this and sent a letter of apology with a pound coin taped to it.

"I told my lawyer that, instead of his usual percentage, he could keep the entire fee. I’m generous like that.”

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