Man mistaken for IT expert during iconic interview says he will sue the BBC
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A man who rose to viral fame after being mistakenly interviewed by the BBC more than 17 years ago has said he will sue the corporation over lack of royalties.
Guy was put in the hot seat on BBC News 24 after staff confused him with an IT journalist called Guy Kewney who had been due to appear on the show that day to speak on the subject of trademark rights and the music industry.
The hilarious clip shows the moment the penny dropped for Guy, as he realised he was in fact on live TV rather than in a job interview.
However, rather than saying on-air there'd be some rather unfortunate mix-up, the poor bloke went along with it all and answered music questions from presenter Karen Bowerman.
As he was asked about a legal battle between Apple computers and the Apple Corps record company, his baffled expression showed he had no clue what was going on.
However, Guy did say that people would end up listening to music online in the future - a prediction that has certainly come to fruition in recent years.
The hilarious blunder has amassed more than five million views on YouTube, while it has also been seen by many more millions over the years on the likes of X, Facebook and even TikTok.
After the interview, Guy's face was plastered over the newspapers and social media, with his cousin in France even ringing him shortly after he came out of the BBC as the clip had gone viral.
However, Guy has claimed in a podcast that he has not received any royalties from the BBC as a result of the interview mix-up.
Speaking on the podcast series DASH Water’s Accidental Celebrities, Guy says he is going to take the BBC to court because of the 'money they made from [the interview]'.
Guy went on to say that he has since contacted the corporation but it failed to get back in touch.
Podcast hosts Josh Pieters and Archie Manners said his lack of compensation was 'incredibly unfair', especially
considering the amount of views the interview has received over the years.
Guy added: "They have been using it for nearly 20 years with no penny to me.
"When I see that they are paying people millions here and there, that clip made them richer."
LADbible has reached out to the BBC for comment.