Nicky Campbell makes C word 'slip' on live radio reporting Donald Trump's arrival

BBC Radio 5 live presenter Nicky Campbell (Credit: BBC)
BBC Radio 5 live presenter Nicky Campbell (Credit: BBC)

Nicky Campbell has accidentally used the C word on live radio when referring to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The BBC Radio 5 Live host was reporting on Donald Trump’s arrival in the UK this morning and describing the public figures waiting at Stanstead Airport to meet the US president as he disembarked Air Force One.

Campbell, 58 said: "He’s going to be meeting Mr Ben Julian Harrington, Chief Constable of Essex Police, who’s standing just behind Jeremy C**t… Jeremy Hunt."

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Shortly afterwards the presenter posted a tweet of “No comment.”

Campbell’s gaff did not go unnoticed

One listener, @DaveCoombes6 wrote on Twitter: “Freudian slip if ever there was one, well done Nicky.”

@matthude1984 tweeted: “It’s always Jeremy Hunt.”

Campbell is the latest in a long line of broadcasters to inadvertently mispronounce the politician’s name.

In 2010 BBC Radio 4 host James Naughtie called the then culture secretary "Jeremy C**t" live on the Today programme.

He later apologised, saying he “got into an awful tangle” and explained he mixed up the words 'Hunt' and 'Culture'.

Andrew Marr fell victim to the same tongue twister in 2010.

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Today programme presenter Justin Webb made a similar mistake in 2018, and former BBC China Carrie Gracie also referred to Hunt as “C**t” on television last year.

Sky News presenter John Craig has mispronounced Hunt’s name in the same unfortunate way on live TV more than once.

Other broadcasters to have made the same slip over Hunt’s surname include the Sky News health and science correspondent Thomas Moore, the BBC political journalist Ellie Price and the Sky anchor Claudia-Liza Armah.