Gay actor, John Barrowman has apologised after he “exposed” himself on a BBC Radio 1 programme. The star of the Doctor Who spin off Torchwood undid his trousers after encouragement from the presenters of the youth programme Switch

One listener complained after presenter Nick Grimshaw said: “You’re famous, we’re told for getting your willy out in interviews. Is this going to happen today?”

Barrowman replied saying he’d “get it out” and was heard to undo his trousers. Later he said: “I didn’t take the whole thing out, but I got my fruit and nuts out.”

In a statement apologising, Barrowman said: “I apologise for any offence I have caused. I was joining in the light-hearted and fun banter of the show and went too far. I was wrong to do this and it will never happen again.”

“I really appreciate the great support I have received from the BBC over the last few years and would never intentionally do anything to undermine the integrity of the corporation.”

The BBC apologised and have confirmed that nothing offensive was seen on the live webcam on the programme’s website. The programme has been removed from the BBC iPlayer.

The incident comes just weeks after the corporation broadcast a pre-recorded show on BBC Radio 2 where Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand left messages on the voice mail of the Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs, suggesting that Brand had slept with his granddaughter.

The incident resulted in the resignation of the Controller of BBC Radio 2 and Russell Brand together with a 12 week suspension of Ross.