Wednesday 21 March 2018

Bill Turnbull makes c-word slip-up live on BBC Breakfast

Presenter Bill Turnbull
Presenter Bill Turnbull
Bill Turnbull with co-presenter Susanna Reid on the BBC Breakfast sofa

BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull has made an embarrassing slip-up on live TV.

He appears to have said "c***" instead of "client" w hile referring to reaction to a public health story.

He quickly regained his composure and carried on with the rest of the broadcast.

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."

Press Association

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