British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces the worst political crisis of his life and hangs from his post after the mass resignation of his ministers. But that didn’t seem to affect BBC host Tim Willcox who caught his phone with his feet on the desk during a live broadcast.
The short clip appeared on Twitter with the gaffe and became an instant hit.
Tim Willcox scrolls through Nadine Dorries’ memes pic.twitter.com/QYhVdLk30g
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The blunder happened when BBC correspondent Ros Atkins was reporting live from Downing Street on the number of cabinet ministers who visited number 10 when the camera suddenly went to the studio and showed a relaxed Mr Willcox.
Wearing glasses, he intermittently scrolled to the live feed on his phone. The anchor realized he was in the air and suddenly put his phone, glasses and feet away. The footage can be traced back to Mr. Atkins.
The embarrassing moment lasted only a few seconds, but it was enough for eagle-eyed viewers to capture the footage and post it on social media. The reactions were also hilarious.
“Why would you do that on live TV?” one user asked. “Buckle in Rich! Don’t feel too comfortable at the news desk though,” said another.
“If you’re at a Termius station and a passenger comes and asks a question,” commented one of the Twitter users.
An insurgent Boris Johnson has so far rejected calls from within his own cabinet to resign, saying it could lead to political instability, according to a report in The Times.
“The job of a prime minister in difficult circumstances when you’ve been given a colossal mandate is to keep going. And that’s what I’m going to do,” Johnson told lawmakers on Wednesday. “We will go ahead and deliver our mandate and win another general election,” he added.
On Tuesday, two key ministers, Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, resigned from their positions.
The top minister’s departure comes amid feuds over former Conservative party whip Chris Pincher, who was accused of sexual misconduct.
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