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BBC Once Said Benedict Cumberbatch Wasn’t Sexy Enough for TV

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Benedict Cumberbatch attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. Neilson Barnard—Getty Images

British Broadcasting Corporation? More like British BLASPHEMY Corporation

Gather ’round, Cumberbabes (and Cumberbros — you guys exist, right?) Today we’d like to share a tale of utter blasphemy.

When the hit show Sherlock was still in its early stages, BBC execs apparently worried that Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t “sexy enough” for the titular role. Speaking yesterday at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat said that when he presented his casting suggestion to BBC bigwigs, they responded, “You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.”

They also questioned the sexiness of David Tennant, who Moffat had cast as the lead in the BBC miniseries Casanova. “Damn, you should have cast someone sexier,” network execs apparently said.

Watch out, BBC. When the Cumberbabes get word of this, they WILL come after you, and they WILL destroy you.

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