Radio 5 Live presenter Nicky Campbell calls Foreign Secretary Jeremy 'C***' live on air

BBC broadcaster Nicky Campbell was left red-faced after calling Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt "Jeremy C***" live on-air this morning.

The Radio 5 Live presenter, 58, became the latest host to make the embarrassing slip of the tongue, apologising to his breakfast show audience.

He turned the air blue while discussing the group of officials greeting US President Donald Trump as he landed at Stansted Airport today.

Campbell said: “He's now speaking to, I think I'm right in saying, the foreign secretary, the right honourable Jeremy Hunt.

“Or, to give him his proper title, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

“And also, he's going to be meeting Mr Ben-Julian Harrington, the Chief Constable of Essex Police, who's standing just behind Jeremy C***…er, Jeremy Hunt.”

After making the blunder, the Scots-born journalist promised listeners he would “proceed with care.”

Apologising, he said he “got into an awful tangle” and insisted he confused the words “Hunt” and “Culture.”

The gaffe caused a stir on social media with some listeners tweeting that the mistake has “made their morning.”

One posted: “'Oops, Nicky Campbell is the latest doing a Jeremy C*** gaffe on @bbc5live just now!”

Another wrote: “'Nicky Campbell Freudian slip BBC R5 live 'Trump is now talking to Jeremy C***'.”

Nicky Campbell's past blunders

  • This is not the first time Campbell has mistakenly dropped the c-word live on air.
  • The Edinburgh-born host used the swear word while talking about the Countryside Alliance and 'hunting' on the radio in 2010.
  • And in 2009, he apologised profusely on-air when he used the word TWICE as he introduced a segment about a West Kent Hunt.
  • In the same year, Campbell again found himself in hot water when he callled Guido Fawkes blogger Paul Staines a "fascist" before interviewing him on 5 Live.

Campbell is the latest in a string of UK broadcasters to mistakenly call Hunt – who is a leading candidate to become the next Tory leader – the highly offensive four letter word.

In January, BBC News 24's Carrie Gracie dropped the C-bomb during a live broadcast while discussing the Foreign Secretary’s response to a jailed Brit in Iran.

And in June last year Justin Webb made the same mistake on the BBC’s flagship Today programme on Radio 4.

Other highly-paid Beeb presenters to fall foul of the four-letter faux pas are Andrew Marr and Jim Naughtie.

But it’s not only BBC talent who have fallen into the trap.

In 2011, Sky News Chief Political Correspondent John Craig found himself calling Mr Hunt “Mr C***” before seamlessly carrying on with his report as if nothing had happened.

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