BBC presenter accidentally says Boris Johnson ‘spent his first night in prison’
BBC Breakfast co-presenter Naga Munchetty likely made the dreams of some Tory critics reality on Saturday – albeit for a few seconds – when she claimed Boris Johnson “spent his first night in prison” yesterday.
The obvious blunder occurred after the broadcaster confused the prime minister with former tennis champion Boris Becker, who was jailed for two years and six months on Friday for hiding assets to avoid paying his debts.
Becker was found guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act earlier this month, breaking the terms of his bankruptcy which was declared in 2017.
Rebecca Chalkley, prosecuting, said the jury had found the sportsman had acted “deliberately and dishonestly” and that Mr Becker “is still seeking to blame others when it was obviously his duty”.
Easy to see why Ms Munchetty got confused, to be honest.
Naga Munchetty has just said on BBC breakfast that Boris Johnson has just spent his first night in prison. I was about to crack open the champagne when I realised she meant Boris Becker. Freudian slip Naga??
— Elizabeth Hopkins (@Elizabeth Hopkins)
that joyous moment Naga tell us what we really want to hear\u2026\firstname.lastname@example.org/Bmi3jFonsT
Ms Munchetty’s slip of the tongue comes just hours after ‘Wrong Boris’ trended on Twitter, as users argued it was another person with the same name they wanted to see behind bars:
Boris Becker faked bankruptcy & was jailed\n\nBoris Johnson conspired to beat up a journalist, unlawfully closed parliament, presided over 175,000 deaths, handed billions in covid contracts to tory donors, broke the law in Downing Street & is still at liberty\n\nWrong Borispic.twitter.com/hAXMZh3Wy4