BBC viewers in stitches as news anchor's attempt to hold in a sneeze seriously backfires

BBC viewers in stitches as news anchor's attempt to hold in a sneeze seriously backfires

April 14, 2022

BBC viewers were left in stitches after newsreader Shaun Ley attempted to hold in a sneeze live on air.

The presenter, 52, was forced to pause his broadcast whilst reading through the latest news bulletins on Tuesday afternoon.


Shaun, who usually hosts the weekday evening news, was giving updates on Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak's fine for alleged breaching the Covid restrictions.

But Shaun was caught off guard and felt the urge to sneeze just when he was about to quote Liberal Democrats MP Ed Davies.

He looked up at the camera and told viewers: "Excuse me I'm about to sneeze."

The newsreader quickly brought his hand to his mouth as he tried to supress the sneeze.

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After a few second of silence, Shaun was in the clear and brought his hand down.

Looking relieved, he smiled at the camera and said: "‘I think I’ve got away with it."

After the slightly awkward blunder which was unavoidable, Shaun carried on with his report.

The hilarious moment was spotted by BBC broadcaster Scott Bryan who shared the video on Twitter.

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He wrote: "This is the most British thing I have ever seen. The tension…the drama!"

Another fan was quick to comment that this wasn't Shaun's "first rodeo" and posted a montage video of his previous "sneeze fits".

It showed the presenter trying to stifle his sneeze on occasions, while other times it sneaked out mid-sentence.

This isn't the first time this week that viewers were left in hysterics while watching BBC Breakfast.

On Wednesday presenter Nina Warhurst disappeared mid-report just after being nearly ran over by a trolley in a chaotic broadcast.

Nina, 41, reported on the rising inflation rates from a warehouse with hundreds of traders in Birmingham.

But in a moment of madness, the business correspondent was nearly ran over by a passing worker with a trolley.

She told viewers: "As we said earlier, the predictions from the Bank of England is that inflation will go even higher, higher than eight percent, in the coming months.

"They will potentially use interest rates in the meantime to bring it down.

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"We get the latest figures at seven o'clock, as I said – expect it to go higher than six point seven percent. We'll be back with you then."

She concluded: "Nina, we will keep in touch and we'll see you again, of course, that very important moment just after seven o'clock this morning."

BBC Breakfast airs daily from 6am on BBC One.


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