Nick Robinson broke hearts around the world by claiming that Santa Claus isn't real on BBC Radio 4 this morning.
The radio station had a segment on The Archers at around 7.45am, where two people associated with the show being interviewed were asked about how much of it was fictional and how much of it wasn't.
When the block was over, Robinson told listeners: "It's like learning that Father Christmas isn't real for the first time, isn't it?
"I'm still in shock."
[Above: A real Santa Claus, as seen in EastEnders]
Listeners were flabbergasted – like we were! – that Santa is completely and utterly made-up.
"Good grief, did @bbcnickrobinson just say Father Christmas isn't real live on morning radio?? Eek," said one Twitter user.
"Father Christmas isn't real? Why isn't this the top story on @BBCr4today?" said another person. "Forget about Trump, this is the story of the year."
And here are more reactions:
'It's like learning Father Christmas isn't real', Nick Robinson just said on #R4today. It's half-term. I predict shit is about to go down.- Olly Mann (@OllyMann) February 16, 2017
Nick Robinson has just said Father Christmas isn't real, so I'd like him to tell me just who brings me presents then?- CallingAllAstronauts (@CAA_Official) February 16, 2017
But thankfully, Robinson retracted his comment minutes later, at 7.59am.
"Father Christmas has been in touch to confirm that unlike The Archers, he is real," he said.
Robinson even tweeted an apology!
"An apology – Father Christmas confirms that he is real. All suggestions to the contrary are fake news," he wrote.
An apology - Father Christmas confirms that he is real. All suggestions to the contrary are fake news @BBCr4today- Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) February 16, 2017
Thank goodness for that. Santa IS real, he does deliver our Christmas presents each year, and he does have reindeer and a sleigh. All is right in the world again.
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