"Angry" Sky News bosses have asked presenter Kay Burley to take a longer farewell and could reportedly keep her off the air until next year after she admitted breaking coronavirus rules.
Bosses approached the Sky News presenter last night on the 11th hour before her usual morning slot after she admitted to "accidentally" breaking Tier 2 restrictions while celebrating her 60th birthday over the weekend.
The experienced journalist was replaced by presenter Sarah Hewson in her normal slot from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Sky News bosses announced last night that they had opened an internal investigation into their behavior.
But reports now suggest that Ms. Burley could have an extended period of time on the sidelines while investigating the incident.
According to The Sun, the presenter will now be out of the air for the rest of the week and it is "unlikely" to be back on the air by 2021.
A source told the newspaper: & # 39; The Sky News chiefs were absolutely mad at Kay.
"Angry" Sky News bosses have asked presenter Kay Burley to take a longer farewell, and could keep her off the air until next year after admitting breaking coronavirus rules
The journalist claims she used a toilet in another restaurant at 11pm while waiting for a taxi
& # 39; She should know better and they told her as such. You have told her she will be out of the air for the foreseeable future. It looks like it'll be 2021 before she's back. & # 39;
Ms. Burley was off the air this morning to host her TV show after admitting breaking coronavirus rules.
The 59-year-old presenter's absence from her usual morning slot follows her apology for her “mistake in judgment”.
Ms. Burley admitted yesterday that she "accidentally broke the rules" while celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday over the weekend.
Sky News has opened an internal investigation into her behavior after she said she spent Saturday night in a "Covid-compliant restaurant" in London but admitted to breaking Tier 2 restrictions by using a toilet elsewhere, while waiting for a taxi home at 11pm.
She apologized on Twitter last night after Guido Fawkes reported a "group of ten" including Sky Political Editor Beth Rigby, Inzamam Rashid and Sam Washington, who celebrated Burley's 60th birthday at Century Club, a private club in Soho.
Sky News broadcaster Kay Burley (pictured left) was replaced by journalist Sarah Hewson (pictured right in Sky News this morning) on her morning TV show after she apologized last night for her 60th birthday "Accidentally" violated coronavirus regulations
Ms. Hewson announced on Twitter that she would be showing the morning Sky News slot shortly after Ms. Burley's apology last night
Guido claims a "smaller group" then headed to the nearby Soho slide restaurant when the 11pm curfew went into effect, before four of the original party ended the night at Ms. Burley's in west London.
Inzamam Rashid and former Sky News employee Paul Harrison, who now works for Huawei, were reportedly in the group of four with Ms. Burley.
Ms. Burley allegedly attributed the situation to "misunderstandings" during the planning and organization of the event, reports the Guardian.
However, she hasn't addressed why people returned to her home after dinner – a claim that is not considered controversial.
All Sky employees who may have been involved are now facing a review of their behavior by their employer, who said they were "disappointed" with the incident.
Ms. Hewson announced on Twitter that she would be showing off the Sky News morning slot shortly after Ms. Burley's apology.
While hosting Ms. Burley's usual newscast, Ms. Hewson discussed the coronavirus vaccine roll out and Brexit with Secretary of Health Matt Hancock.
Though she didn't confirm where she celebrated her birthday, Ms. Burley apologized amid reports that she'd gone to the swanky private members' club Century Club in Soho
The veteran journalist said she spent Saturday night in a "Covid-compliant restaurant" in London before breaking Tier 2 restrictions by using a toilet in another restaurant at 11pm
How Kay Burley held others accountable for violating coronavirus rules
Kay Burley had previously attacked Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove after appearing on Sky News to defend Dominic Cummings for violating coronavirus restrictions.
Boris Johnson's former aide had driven a 60-mile round trip from his Durham home to Barnard Castle earlier this year, breaking Covid's lockdown restrictions at the time.
He claimed he drove to the local beauty site to have his eyesight tested after suffering vision loss from a coronavirus.
In the Sky News interview, Ms. Burley asked Mr. Gove, "If you are struggling with Covid-19 and you think you have a problem with your eyesight, what does the government advise?"
Mr. Gove replied, "We obviously advise people to seek medical advice."
Ms. Burley replied, "So it is not appropriate to get in a car and drive for half an hour with your four-year-old behind you?"
The moderator, who has since apologized for violating the Tier 2 Covid restrictions, previously also mocked Cummings on Twitter.
In July she wrote: & # 39; So. Ibiza foiled. Does anyone know of a place to stay at Barnard Castle? «
Sky political editor Beth Rigby, who reportedly attended Ms. Burley's birthday dinner on Saturday – although it was not confirmed that she was breaking coronavirus rules – also previously criticized Cummings.
During a press conference in the Rose Garden on Downing Street in May, she said to Cummings, “Why are you so different?
“What people are seeing here is that there is one rule for you … and another rule for them.
"Do you think you owe them at least one apology?"
A spokesperson for Sky said, “We value compliance with government COVID guidelines and we expect all of our employees to adhere to them.
& # 39; We were disappointed to learn that a small number of Sky News employees may have engaged in activities that were against the guidelines.
“Although this was done at a social event on personal time, we expect all of our employees to follow the rules that apply to everyone.
"An internal process is under way to review the behavior of the people involved."
Tier 2 restrictions prohibit households from congregating indoors unless one single household forms a support bubble with another. However, outdoor gatherings of six people are permitted.
Ms. Burley has interrogated politicians for their perceived defense of violations of government restrictions by government officials.
After Neil Ferguson was forced to resign from government for breaking rules to enjoy secret trysts with his lover, she asked Matt Hancock, “What were you thinking when you read it? Did you hit your head on the desk? & # 39;
In May, Ms. Burley interrogated Michael Gove on defending Dominic Cummings' lockdown disregard trip to Barnard Castle.
She also punished Prime Minister Boris Johnson for not social distancing himself on Twitter.
On a picture of Johnson with Conservative MP for Ashfield Lee Anderson, who later tested positive for Covid, causing the prime minister to self-isolate, she wrote, "Doesn't look like two shopping carts to me."
Last night, the Sky News broadcaster told its 517,000 followers on Twitter that their behavior, which they called "assessment errors", was "embarrassing."
She said, “I apologize to all of you for a mistake in judgment. On Saturday evening I enjoyed my 60th birthday in a Covid-compliant restaurant.
I'm embarrassed to say that I accidentally broke the rules later that night. I had been waiting for a taxi to come home at 11pm.
“Desperate for the loo, I went to another restaurant for a moment to spend a cent. I can only apologize. & # 39;
It comes after it shows up. Pop star Rita Ora didn't self-isolate for 14 days after flying to Egypt for an event.
The 30-year-old singer flew to Cairo on a private jet on November 21 to perform at the five-star Hotel W. She returned the next day and is believed to have self-isolated for 14 days under government quarantine rules.
Instead, she hosted a birthday party on November 28th at the exclusive Casa Cruz restaurant in Notting Hill, west London.
Sky talent Beth Rigby celebrated Ms. Burley's 60th birthday, according to Guido Fawkes website
Sky colleagues Inzamam Rashid (left) and Sam Washington (right) have also reportedly joined
Ms. Ora apologized last week after she and around 30 guests were photographed at the event ahead of the end of the second national lockdown on Wednesday.
Cara and Poppy Delevingne as well as TOWIE star Vas Morgan (31) and Rita's sister Elena (32) could all be seen at the venue.
While the singer said she deeply regretted her actions and offered to pay a £ 10,000 fine for hosting the party, she made no mention of her trip to Egypt or violation of a second set of strict rules.
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