Krishnan Guru-Murthy has apologised for calling Steve Baker a c**t during a livestream.
The Channel 4 presenter was interviewing the Northern Ireland minister, however their discussions grew heated as the pair clashed over backlash Prime Minister Liz Truss is facing from Tory rebels.
As the interview came to an end, Guru-Murthy told the MP: ‘It wasn’t a stupid question Steve, you know it, I’m very happy to go up against you on Truss, anyday.’
He was then heard muttering: ‘What a c**t.’
Guru-Murthy has since apologised on Twitter and said he has reached out to Baker.
He wrote: ‘After a robust interview with Steve Baker MP I used a very offensive word in an unguarded moment off air.
‘While it was not broadcast that word in any context is beneath the standards I set myself and I apologise unreservedly.
‘I have reached out to Steve Baker to say sorry.’
The MP commented: ‘I appreciate you apologising. Thank you.’
This comes after Guru-Murthy recently made a clarification on-air, when he had to explain the use of the word ‘bollocks’ by a guest.
During an appearance on the news programme, journalist and columnist Gillian Tett was asked to share her views on comments recently made by Jacob Rees-Mogg.
The Business and Energy Secretary had suggested that the mini-budget was not the main reason behind the market turmoil of recent weeks, while also pointing to rising interest rates by the Federal Reserve in the US, saying that it was affecting currencies including the pound.
On Channel 4 News, Guru-Murthy asked Tett – who is the US editor-at-large at the Financial Times – what she thought of Rees-Mogg’s assessment.
‘To use a non-technical term, that is pretty much bollocks,’ she responded, continuing: ‘I think for the most part it really was the budget and the way it was delivered and the message inside, which sparked the beginning of the crisis.’
Following the interview, Mr Guru-Murthy turned to the camera to address Ms Tett’s use of language, revealing that he even checked the website for media watchdog Ofcom to check if it broke any rules.
‘Before we go, I’ve had time to clarify whether that word Gillian Tett used to describe Jacob Rees-Mogg’s explanation was within the rules,’ he explained.
‘On the Ofcom regulator website, it describes it as medium language, potentially unacceptable, less problematic when used to mean nonsense.’
However, the broadcaster then added an apology to people relying on subtitles… for the way the word was spelt.
‘I should however apologise to people who are relying on subtitles for whom it was spelt “bullocks”,’ he noted.
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