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BBC presenter apologizes after middle finger mistake live on air

BBC News presenter Maryam Moshiri has apologized after she was caught giving the finger to the camera.

Moshiri went viral after the opening headlines of the studio news show where she was seen flipping the bird, before quickly putting her hand down and starting reading the headlines.

On his Twitter/X accountMoshiri apologized for the moment and tried to explain that the gesture was just a “private joke” between her and the production team.

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“Hey everyone, yesterday just before daylight saving time I was joking a bit with the gallery team,” she wrote. “I pretended to count down while the director counted me down from 10 to 0… including fingers to show the number. So from 10 fingers held up to one.

“When we got there at 1 o’clock I turned my finger as a joke and didn’t realize it would be filmed. It was a private joke with the crew and I’m really sorry it was broadcast !

“It was not my intention for this to happen and I’m sorry if I offended or upset anyone. I wasn’t really ‘flipping the bird’ to viewers or even any person. It was a silly joke aimed at a small audience of many of my friends.

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While some people called it unprofessional, many others saw the funny side of it. Comedian and Doctor Who: Doom’s Day actress Sooz Kempner wrote: “This was the best news I’ve seen all year and thanks for doing it.”

Mistakes often happen on live TV, with weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker giving co-star Simon McCoy the middle finger in a classic moment that’s brought up every time someone does a round-up.

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