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It’s been a chaotic week in the world of politics.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman spoke out against the ‘tofu eating wokerati’ before resigning, TV coverage descended into pandemonium, and a lettuce did battle against Liz Truss before the Prime Minister stepped down after just 44 days.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy found himself embroiled in the madness and left rather red-faced after calling MP Steve Baker a c**t during a livestream.
The Channel 4 presenter butted heads with the Northern Ireland minister over the backlash Prime Minister Liz Truss faced from Tory rebels ahead of her resignation.
As the interview came to an end, Guru-Murthy told the MP: ‘It wasn’t a stupid question Steve, you know it, I’m very happy to go up against you on Truss, any day.’
He was then heard muttering: ‘What a c**t.’
The presenter was taken off air by Channel 4 bosses following the debacle, and it has now been confirmed to Metro.co.uk that Guru-Murthy will not be reinstated this week.
Despite the fast-paced news cycle now that Truss has stepped down as PM, the newsreader will not return to screens before November 4 due to a pre-existing week of leave.
Guru-Murthy was quick to apologise for his remark on Twitter and said he has reached out to Baker.
‘After a robust interview with Steve Baker MP I used a very offensive word in an unguarded moment off air,’ he said.
‘While it was not broadcast that word in any context is beneath the standards I set myself and I apologise unreservedly. I have reached out to Steve Baker to say sorry.’
The MP commented: ‘I appreciate you apologising. Thank you.’
After a robust interview with Steve Baker MP I used a very offensive word in an unguarded moment off air. Â While it was not broadcast that word in any context is beneath the standards I set myself and I apologise unreservedly. I have reached out to Steve Baker to say sorry
I appreciate you apologising. Thank you.
Mr Baker told Times Radio that sacking Guru-Murthy would be a ‘service to the public’ if he was found to be in breach of his code of conduct.
Many have hit out at the punishment on social media, defending the presenter for his reporting.
Podcaster, author and film producer Giles Paley-Phillips said: ‘No apologies needed for such accurate reporting.’
Author James Felton added: ‘You don’t need to apologise for using accurate language.’
Good Law Project director Jo Maugham wrote: ‘You spoke for the nation, Krishnan.’
However, some condemned the presenter’s behaviour.
Northern Irish politician Katharine Hoey posted: ‘Why do I think you are only apologising because you got caught? Ironically if a politician had been caught out like this you would have been calling for them to resign.’
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