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Complaint against Jeremy Vine over 'man flu' comments dismissed

Published 22/12/2015 | 16:41

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Jeremy Vine rose the ire of one listener by complaining about "man flu"

A complaint against Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine over comments about "man flu" has been dismissed, the BBC said.

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Vine was reported under the broadcaster's "equality and diversity" code by an offended listener after joking to a guest on his show that he had "man flu".

During a segment about Victorian ailments on his show on Monday, the 50-year-old commented to Dr Sarah Jarvis about his "ailment" while talking about whooping cough.

Vine, who appeared on this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing, asked the doctor about a persistent cough he had developed after falling ill a few days before, but his terminology was not to the liking of one listener.

In a since deleted tweet, Vine griped to his 447,000 followers about the complaint.

"Oh great, someone's reported me under the BBC equality and diversity code because I told @DrSarahJarvis yesterday I had man flu," he posted.

A BBC spokesperson confirmed a complaint had been received and said: "Jeremy was clearly making fun of himself, no BBC policies have been breached and the complaint has been dismissed."

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