Newsnight's Emily Maitlis apologizes after mistaking Hull for HELL in a live TV interview
- Emily Maitlis interviewed ex-Health Secretary Alan Johnson on Newsnight
- But the best BBC journalist introduced him as "Hell" rather than "Hull".
- She was quick to correct her mistake before cracking a joke and calling Hull "beautiful".
Emily Maitlis is the award-winning journalist who was hailed last year for her bombshell interview with Prince Andrew – but even she can slip up.
The BBC Newsnight host was red in the face last night after making an awkward mistake in the air last night.
The 50-year-old journalist introduced former Health Secretary Alan Johnson when she accidentally described him as "from Hell" instead of "Hull".
On the live broadcast of the popular show, which attracts around 300,000 viewers every evening, she said: "Former Health Secretary Alan Johnson is with us all along the line from Hell."
But the presenter quickly recognized her mistake and corrected herself by saying, "From Hull".
Quickly picturing the gaffe that made Mr. Johnson laugh, she added, "I'll never get over it now."
Award-winning journalist and BBC Newsnight host Emily Maitlis was red in the face last night after broadcasting a nasty bug live last night
The BBC journalist introduced former Health Secretary Alan Johnson when she accidentally described him as "from Hell" instead of "Hull".
Ms. Maitlis later went to Twitter to discuss the slip up, where she added, “For the sake of clarity, I know Rumpf is not Hell. It's pretty nice. & # 39;
The journalist responded to a tweet from colleague Charlie Proctor, who citing the error said: "Forget the interview with Prince Andrew, you will be reminded!"
Others also commented on the slip and said: “Laughing in the evening is good for us all !! I suppose your brain gave the & # 39; former health minister & # 39; read ahead! & # 39;
Another added: 'Emily. Most of us would have given a defensive or apologetic response. Hers were self-deprecating and numerous. Brilliant. That's why you do your job. Don't be compromised. You have so many supporters. & # 39;
The slip up isn't the first to involve a BBC presenter and politician live on air.
In 2010, then-BBC Radio Four Today presenter Jim Naughtie mixed up his words when introducing then-Secretary of Culture Jeremy Hunt.
Instead of calling him Jeremy Hunt, however, "C" in "Culture" slipped in place of the "H" and created an explosive.
Mr. Naughtie corrected himself immediately, but a second or two later what he'd said hit him and made an involuntary snort of laughter, then tried to disguise the sound as a cough.
Mr. Hunt saw the funny side and tweeted, "They say prepare yourself for anything before you move on. Today but that was the cost of the cookie … I laughed as much as you Jim, or should I be Dr. Spooner say."