ITV newsreader says 'arrogant pr***' live on air after exception is made
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ITV newsreader Chris Ship got to live what is surely every newsreader's ultimate dream and say some naughty words live on air.
They do occasionally let a few rude words slip through every now and then, but it's a rare treat when a newsreader is able to read rude language right off the autocue.
Normally when British newsreaders slip up and say something they're not supposed to when live on air, it's because they're taking to or about Jeremy Hunt and the wrong consonant slips into his surname.
It's happened so often that by now it's probably close to a rite of passage for newsreaders and by this point you might start wondering if they're doing it on purpose.
In this case however, the naughty word uttered by an ITV newsreader was entirely intentional.
Chris Ship was just wrapping up the news on ITV when he had one final story to get through which made it necessary for him to use slightly foul language live on air.
He said: "Finally from me a word we wouldn't normally use anywhere in the bulletin, but we will following a charity auction in New Zealand.
"The money was raised after prime minister Jacinda Ardern called an opposition politician, and these are her words not mine, 'an arrogant p***k'."
"Her insult was just about caught on microphones in parliament last week but the two political leaders signed the official record of the debate and auctioned it off for £50,000 for a prostate cancer charity."
The newsreader signed off his bulletin by joking 'we had to write that one very carefully'.
You might have heard of this story before, as the New Zealand prime minister was indeed caught on a microphone saying the ACT New Zealand party leader David Seymour was 'such an arrogant p***k' under her breath.
He had been asking her in parliament how she handles mistakes, and Ardern made the comment about the opposition politician just after she had answered the question.
Seymour called on her to withdraw the 'extremely unpalatable remark' which Ardern promptly did, so presumably next time she'll just think it rather than saying it out loud.
Since the signed copy of the parliamentary record did indeed fetch a hefty price with proceeds going to charity, perhaps politicians should call each other arrogant p***ks more often.
A few more sell-offs like this and you could probably start raising some really serious cash for donations.