BBC Race Across The World's James Mukherjee opens up on emotional moment

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Race Across The World fans in tears as contestant begs cameraman for a hug in heartbreaking moment
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BBC Race Across The World participant James Mukherjee has spoken candidly about his emotional breakdown on TV, and the comfort he received from a cameraman. Television viewers have dubbed the touching incident as 2024's 'most emotional' scene.

James and his sibling Betty, 26, had a tender interaction in last week's penultimate episode. An outpour of emotion from James ensued upon hearing Betty discuss her medical condition, Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser (MRKH) Syndrome.

While speaking candidly to the camera, James was seen attempting to hold back tears before pleading: "Can someone just come and hug me, please?".

A BBC cameraman named Chris obliged, comforting him with the words, "Come here... You're all right," as he wrapped James in an embrace. On Race Across The World's reunion episode aired post-finale, the emotional incident came up for discussion.

A get-together of all five teams took place in London where they reminisced over the ups and downs of the race, offering viewers an inside look at what went on behind the cameras, reports Wales Online. Conversing at The Mayfair Townhouse hotel in London, James touched upon the moving moment. "There was a time where I got quite emotional," he revealed.

"There was a point where I just couldn't do it anymore."

Adding onto this, James shared: "It was our camera guy who put the camera down and came over, and hugged me. I was crying into his shoulder. It was just something, in a time of need. And I think that's what we had with our crew."

James then took to social media to share the touching footage. On X, previously known as Twitter, he expressed his gratitude towards Chris, the compassionate cameraman.

His post read: "A moment of raw and true emotion. Just a massive thank you to Chris, the hugging cameraman! He put up with us through blood, sweat and tears and we can't thank him and the rest of the team enough! What a great series! ".

The brother-sister duo has received an outpouring of love for their heartfelt display on television. Harrison commented: "This will be the most moving TV moment of the year I feel."

Louis remarked: "These two will always have a special place in my heart! Brother and sister who genuinely bonded and showed each other such kindness along the way."

Chetan shared his thoughts online: "Sibling dynamics can be complex. All too often the focus is on tension or rivalry. Been great to see the nuance as these two got to better understand each other across the weeks. Love all the pairs but can't help feeling Betty and James travelled the furthest."

Wando chimed in: "The most emotional moment of TV history for 2024. You can tell how moved the cameraman was as well once he stepped back still well up seeing James just asking for a hug."

Matthew contributed: "Betty and James may not win the race but they've won our hearts." Leah added: "Betty and James are a RATW pairing for the ages.

"They've shown so much growth and evolution. They've bonded, they've shown each other grace and patience. They've rocked sliders and Crocs in every country they visited. Betty's hair remained immaculate. Love them! ".

In the thrilling finale of the fourth series of Race Across The World, best pals Alfie and Owen snagged the top spot and the whopping £20,000 prize. Narrowly clinching victory over mum and daughter Eugenie and Isabel by a mere eight minutes at the final point on Gili Meno.

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