Transcript of BBC 4 "Today" clip. 10/6/2015
''I did mean the part about having trouble with girls,'' he said.
''It is true that people - I have fallen in love with people in the lab and people in the lab have fallen in love with me and it's very disruptive to the science because it's terribly important that in a lab people are on a level playing field.
''I found that these emotional entanglements made life very difficult.
''I'm really, really sorry I caused any offence, that's awful. I certainly didn't mean that. I just meant to be honest, actually.''
Tim Hunt's version of events changes a little even before a friendly interviewer.
His brief remarks contained 39 words that have subsequently come to haunt him.
'''Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab. You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them, they cry,'' he told delegates.
''I stood up and went mad,'' he admits. '' I was very nervous and a bit confused but, yes, I made those remarks --- which were inexcusable --- but I made them in a totally jocular, ironic way. There was some polite applause and that was it, I thought. I thought everything was OK. No one accused me of being a sexist pig.''
[Hunt's wife] clutches her head as Hunt talks. ''It was an unbelievably stupid thing to say,'' she says. ''You can see why it could be taken as offensive if you didn't know Tim. But really it was just part of his upbringing. He went to a single-sex school in the 1960s. Nevertheless he is not sexist. I am a feminist, and I would not have put up with him if he were sexist.''
The next morning, as he headed for Seoul airport, Hunt...recorded a clumsily worded phone message [for "Today.''] ''It was a mistake to do that as well. It just sounded wrong.''
The audience at the conference was expected to be about 40% Asian. "If you don't know Tim..." as well as his wife? No in Seoul could be reasonably be expected to know him that well. No one in the audience for Radio 4.