Looks like they do TV a little differently over in the U.K.
This clip of an esteemed BBC News Anchor flipping the bird right to the camera is going viral online, and for good reason. Host Maryam Moshiri was preparing to read a story about Britain’s former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and was trying to crack a joke with her news staff when the hilarious mishap occurred.
The BBC Countdown, which usually flashes on the screen before each broadcast, struck zero, and right when it did, it cut to Moshiri with her eyes wide and her middle finger extended right at the camera lens. The anchor then went on to read the news like the consummate professional that she is, but not before her middle finger was broadcasted all across the country.
Moshiri took to her social media account to apologize for the incident, saying:
“Hey everyone, yesterday just before the top of the hour, I was joking around a bit with the team in the gallery. I was pretending to count down as the director was counting me down from 10 to 0… including the fingers to show the number. So from 10 fingers held up to one.
When we got to 1, I turned the finger around as a joke and did not realize that this would be caught on camera. It was a private joke with the team and I’m so sorry it went out on air!
It was not my intention for this to happen and I’m sorry if I offended or upset anyone. I wasn’t ‘flipping the bird’ at viewers or even a person really. It was a silly joke that was meant for a small number of my mates.”
Hey everyone , yesterday just before the top of the hour I was joking around a bit with the team in the gallery.
I was pretending to count down as the director was counting me down from 10-0.. including the fingers to show the number. So from 10 fingers held up to one.
In my opinion, news anchors should all get one use of the middle finger every single year without getting into trouble or having to apologize. This should have just been Moshiri’s “give a middle finger free card,” but instead, she had to send out an apology for it. She was clearly just trying to cut loose with her co-workers, and unfortunately got the timing wrong.
Fortunately for the rest of us though, we got a hilarious video of a professional news anchor flipping the bird at the camera, then switching right into her broadcaster tone and voice in a matter of milliseconds.
You can check out the laugh-out-loud video below:
This isn’t satire, an actual BBC News presenter got caught giving the middle finger live.