Saturday 1 October 2016

Watch: 'This is the most astonishing thing I have ever been involved on television' - columnist storms off Sky News live on air

Published 12/06/2016 | 23:29

Owen Jones storms off Sky News
Owen Jones storms off Sky News
Owen Jones as he prepared to leave the studio

A newspaper columnist stormed off a live television broadcast after a row over the motives behind the Orlando shooting.

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Guardian columnist Owen Jones was a guest on Sky News' Paper Review with host Mark Longhurst and radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer on Sunday night.

Top of the agenda was the Orlando shooting and Mr Jones took umbrage with what he saw as a trivial response from his co-hosts about the attack on the Pulse nightclub.

An emotional Mr Jones said during the broadcast: "Let's be clear if he walked into a synagogue and shot Jewish people, we would call it out for what it is. This person is a homophobic terrorist.”

As the conversation progressed, Mr Jones looked more exasperated and at one stage started to roll his eyes at someone off camera.

The breaking point came when he was told by his co-guest he didn’t have “ownership of this crime because he was gay”.

Host Mark Longhurst tried to calm the situation on several occasion but a clearly upset Mr Jones said: "I'm sorry this is the most astonishing thing I have been ever on television. This is a bizarre attempt to deflect away from the issue."

The issue came to a head when he took umbrage with the words that his colleague was using to describe the attacks.

After another interruption, he was  rebuked by Ms Harley-Brewer where he stormed off. 

His response divided Twitter.

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