A spokesperson for the presenter later put the matter to bed. They said in a statement: "In a nutshell, it’s how Nigella refers to the microwave at home," they said.
"It’s a bit of a family joke."
Despite all the “mee-cro-wah-vay” hype, there’s no guarantee that Nigella will be crowned winner at this year’s British Academy Film and Television Awards.
She is among six nominees for the Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment Award, which is voted for by the public.
Diversity’s headline-grabbing performance on Britain’s Got Talent is among the favourites for the gong, while scenes from Bridgerton, EastEnders and The Mandalorian are also in the running.
The final shortlist was selected by an independent jury of national media figures including writer and author Caitlin Moran.
Hannah Wyatt, chairwoman of Bafta’s television committee, said: “Television in 2020 showcased the importance of entertainment and demonstrated incredible craft, gripping scriptwriting and brilliant visual spectacles which captivated the British viewer.
“From bringing nostalgic favourites back, to raising awareness about hugely important issues, the shows and moments nominated for Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment Award 2021 reflect our TV habits of the last year and perfectly celebrate the relationship between the TV viewers at home and the people who make it.
“I can’t wait to see who the public choose to be their Virgin Media Must-See Moment winner, in what is sure to be a close contest.”
We’ll be sure to warm up the popcorn in the mee-cro-wah-vay and get watching.