Naga Munchetty issues apology to BBC Breakfast guest as fans slam host for ‘interrupting’

Naga Munchetty apologises to guest during interview

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During Saturday’s BBC Breakfast, hosts Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt were back on the red sofa to present the latest news headlines. One of the main topics of discussion was about British racing pigeons having to quarantine when they arrive in France. They spoke with Ian Evans from the Royal Pigeon Association who blamed Brexit for the move. However, during the interview, Naga stepped into apologise to Ian as she kept interrupting him during the segment – and it didn’t go unnoticed by fans.

“There is a problem here, isn’t there?” Charlie asked as he continued: “Has it taken you by surprise? Explain how this is going to work out?”

Ian replied: “It’s a huge problem, it has the potential to be catastrophic to our historic sport.

“In terms of taking us by surprise, yeah, the European Union regulations leading up to April 21 this year, excluded racing pigeons from the health requirements.

“So, we very much thought we would be able to continue with our historic racing from France, but these new health regulations have put a stop to that.”

Naga chipped in to ask: “What is this going to do the practice of pigeon racing as a hobby or as a sport?”

“It’s very much a sport and a competitive sport,” Ian explained. “It offers opportunities for competition and recreation and has a benefit to everyone who takes part.”

As the interview concluded, Charlie continued: “Ian, just as a final thought and excuse my ignorance here but do you name your pigeons?

“I’m looking behind you and there, are sort of two or three looking towards the camera. How does it work?”

“They’re all identified by a unique identification ring,” Ian told him.

 “The ring on their leg is put on them when they are seven days old, and we do give them names when we get attached to them.”

Charlie and Naga went to ask Ian a question at the same time, as a confused Ian simply asked: “Sorry?”

Charlie went on to quiz the expert on whether any of his pigeons would be racing today as Naga asked him about how many miles the pigeons flew at one time.

“Sorry, I have to ask,” the host added as Ian tried to answer her question.

Naga quickly stepped into apologise for interrupting, as she said: “Sorry, go on Ian.”

He explained: “They can do it quicker than that with a helping wind, but I think four hours in today’s conditions will be a good time.”

Before Naga and Charlie ended the interview, Naga said: “I’ve got to ask, and I know it’s a churlish question but what is the name of your favourite pigeon behind you there?”

Viewers were not happy with the fact Naga kept interrupting Ian and many took to Twitter to air their frustration over the segment.

One tweeted: “Asking churlish questions is fairly regular kindergarten behaviour for Naga.”

Another raged: “As usual, interviews turn into a nightmare because Naga Munchetty can’t stop herself interrupting and talking over guests. Painful.”

A third said: “And there we have it, the usual stupid question from Naga.”

“For Gods’ sake will someone tell Naga to shut up,” A fourth penned. “Constantly interrupting everyone this morning.”

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.

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