Awkward clip of BBCs Emily Maitlis introducing politician from hell resurfaces

The pandemic lockdown has made us forgetful and you might not remember what you did in the past two years other than keeping a minimum contact with people and wearing face masks.

But one Twitter user has taken us to a trip down the memory lane as he shared the hilarious gaffe happened on television exactly two years ago today.

In September 2020, UK raised the Covid alert level to Level 4, ordering pubs, bars and restaurants to close after 10pm.

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On the Newsnight programme, presenter Emily Maitlis invited a guest to the BBC show and she made a blunder that left viewers in stitches.

She said: "Labour's former Health Secretary Alan Johnson, joins us down the line from hell…"

Having realised the mispronunciation, she quickly corrects and continues: "From Hull!

"I'm never gonna recover from that now, am I?"

Mr Johnson raised his eyebrows and looked at her in shock before letting out a laugh.

Emily's awkward slip-up, unfortunately, was picked up by her BBC colleague, Scott Bryan, who tweted today: "It’s the two year anniversary of Emily Maitlis accidentally introducing Alan Johnson from hell instead of Hull."

One commented: "Savage, but fair."

Another was impressed by the "reminder", saying: "Do you have a massive calendar for this stuff Scott?!"

Emily did admit her mistake right after the programme, she even shared the clip of the gaffe on Twitter.

She said: "For clarity I do know Hull is not hell. It’s rather lovely."

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The journalist, who is chairing radio show The News Agent, discussed with guests today about the "mini" budget by Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng.

The Chancellor announced reductions in the top 45% rate of income tax, national insurance and stamp duty worth £45bn.

The policies are said to be the biggest tax cuts in 50 years to boost economic growth in the UK.


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