Red-faced Jon Kay is forced to apologise to guest on BBC Breakfast after an awkward blunder
Jon Kay was left red-faced after making an awkward blunder live on air during BBC Breakfast on Tuesday.
The TV presenter, 53, had to apologise to junior chess player Jude Shearsby, 13, after making a gaffe during the interview.
Jude, who is one of the top junior chess players in England, and his coach Paul Lam both featured on the show to talk about how chess is helpful for young people.
As his Paul spoke about how chess helps children learn skills they can use in their education, photographs of Jude playing chess as a younger child were shown.
As the pictures flashed up on screen, Jon commented: ‘She’s concentrating there, look,’ with Jude and Paul both laughing as Jon realised it was actually Jude in the picture.
Oh dear! Jon Kay was left red-faced after making an awkward blunder live on air during BBC Breakfast on Tuesday
Oops! The TV presenter, 53, had to apologise to junior chess player Jude Shearsby, 13, after making a gaffe during the interview
He added: ‘Oh is that you?! I’m so sorry. I thought it was someone with longer hair.’
Jon was left red-faced following his gaffe, but Jude and Paul both didn’t seem to mind the blunder.
Speaking about how important chess is to him, Jude said of his coach: ‘I can’t thank Paul enough for what he’s done for me, it’s quite ridiculous.
‘In lockdown, he gave me three hours on Zoom, just chatting. It’s incredible.’
It comes after Jon spotted an employee dashing across the studio while he was live on TV last week.
Jon and Sally Nugent were both posed to launch their news item on school uniforms last Tuesday when they spotted an employee sprinting across the studio.
The mystery runner, who could be seen in the background behind them, dashed into shot before ducking around the corner of the screen and disappearing from view.
However, as Jon pointed out, his impressive bolt had already been seen by millions of viewers at home.
Stifling laughter, BBC news broadcaster Kay turned to his co-host and said: ‘Did you see that? Somebody is obviously late for work this morning.’
Quick dash! It comes after Jon spotted an employee dashing across the studio while he was live on TV last week
Amusing: Jon and Sally Nugent were both posed to launch their news item on school uniforms last Tuesday when they spotted the employee sprinting across the studio
The presenters enjoyed a giggle at the sighting before using it to link to their item on expensive school uniforms, with Sally joking: ‘It’s enough to make anyone run away as they can be very expensive…’
Posting the moment on his Twitter account, Kay told his 58,000 followers: ‘When you’re late for work and the UK is watching….’
The weekday show broadcasts from the BBC’s brand new multi-purpose studio, which was unveiled by Jon earlier this year.
The daily Sportsday programme, live bulletins for BBC One and BBC News, and BBC iPlayer’s Football News Show are also broadcast from the high-tech studio.
Sally responded: ‘Yeah, somebody is hopefully bringing us a cup of tea Jon. Hopefully, that is what that is!’