Masked Singer's Jonathan Ross responds to backlash
The Masked Singer judge Jonathan Ross has broken his silence on the backlash he received during last week's episode.
Jonathan made an ill-informed guess about Daisy's true identity when he suggested that deceased singer Natalie Cole was the person hiding under the costume (it was actually American singer Kelis).
The daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole died in December 2015 as the result of congestive heart failure.
Jonathan's words drew heavy criticism on social media, but the chatshow host told The Sun his guess "was a genuine mistake".
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"Obviously it was a genuine mistake," he said. "What's interesting is we recorded this in September and nobody thought to check. But possibly it was my fault because they all think I know my stuff.
"They all assume, 'If he says it, he must be right'. The rest of the panel and the audience didn't know either."
Jonathan then suggested that The Masked Singer bosses should implement a new responsibility for one of the crew members: check facts on "Google or Wikipedia" in order to avoid a repeat error.
He's not concerned about naming any other dead celebrities though and joked: "I'm old. I can't f**king remember what I did this morning. But don't worry, I didn't say 'Tupac'."
The Masked Singer airs on ITV today (February 1) at 7pm.
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