'He said 'kite!'' - BBC denies presenter sang the c-word on children's television show
A children’s television channel has been forced to deny one of its presenters said the c-word as he sang a song about kites.
CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis was wheeling around on a scooter during Wednesday morning’s episode of Show Me Show Me when he broke into a song that some viewers believed contained the swear word instead of the word ‘kite’.
One concerned mother, Lyndsey Mann, shared a video of the song online after she overheard it on the television while cleaning the house. Her Facebook post has since been shared more than 53,000 times and has three million views.
“I wasn’t really taking any notice of what was on the telly, which was on while I was tidying up,” she told The Sun. “But then I just heard that word, so I re-wound the show because I couldn’t believe it.
“And then every time I replayed it, I just couldn’t hear anything but that word. At first I thought it was really funny because it was just a shock, but if my little girl who is two starts saying that in public it’s going to make me look really bad, so it’s upsetting and quite annoying – she wouldn’t know any difference.”
In response to the claims, CBeebies published a statement on its official Facebook page, reading: “It’s a kite everyone, kite! We make shows for your little ones so it’s always going to be kite.”
The video has prompted a debate on social media over whether Mr Jarvis used the word "kite" or not, with some users saying it "does not sound like kite to me" and others arguing the incident has been "blown out of proportion".
Lisa Jo Carter wrote: "Love how parents are angry about Cbeebies. I'm sorry, I've seen the vid & can tell that Chris is clearly saying kite not the other word."
Natalie Howden added: "Yeah that's not how I pronounce Kite naughty cbeebies!"
Mr Jarvis, 46, first appeared on the BBC in 1992, and has been working for the corporation ever since, apart from when he spent two years working with ITV and Channel 4 from 2000 to 2002.