Oops! BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull makes c-word slip up on morning telly
Published 21/07/2015 | 10:46
BBC Breakfast viewers may well have choked on their cornflakes this morning as presenter Bill Turnbull stumbled over the word 'client'.
Unfortunately, instead of 'client' he uttered the dreaded four-letter c word during a chat about cancer treatment.
Despite falling foul of a live TV presenter's worst nightmare, he was the consummate professional and remained composed for the remainder of the segment.
Turnbull is not the only star to have accidentally used the c-word live on air.
Radio 4 Today programme anchor Jim Naughtie and TV presenter Andrew Marr both accidentally replaced the first letter of Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's surname with the letter "c".
Naughtie made the slip-up first, and then Marr followed suit.
Naughtie later apologised for his "Spoonerism" - in reference to Dr William Spooner who notoriously switched letters between words inappropriately.
He said: "Sometimes things happen in live broadcasting that you deeply regret. I hope that all those who were offended by what they heard realise it was completely unintentional."
Mr Hunt also commented, writing on Twitter: " They say prepare for anything before going on Today but that took the biscuit. I was laughing as much as u Jim or shld I say Dr Spooner."
So far neither the BBC nor Turnbull has commented on this morning's incident.
In a statement, the BBC said: "Bill unintentionally stumbled over his words and we apologise if any offence was caused."
He's not the first to accidentally utter the c-word. BBC Radio 4 Today programme host Jim Naughtie used the word when talking about UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.
He accidentally replaced the 'h' in Hunt's surname with a 'c'. TV presenter Andrew Marr then did the same thing. They both later apologised.