ITV personality Robert Peston could be overheard saying "s***" on live TV today, during a coronavirus update from 10 Downing Street.
Chairing the news bulletin, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak welcomed Robert to weigh in on the report via video call.
He said: "We turn next to Robert Peston from ITV. "
There was silence on the end of the line, before Robert could be heard muttering "oh s***".
Not realising he had been overheard, he later called out: "Hello?"
Eagle-eyed viewers spotted the blunder on Twitter, and took to their keyboards to laugh about the rude slip-up.
One said: "Big Robert Peston on the BBC for ITV saying 'Oh S***' live on national television."
A second added: "We also heard you say "Oh s***" live on air."
And a third chimed: "In the words of @Peston… 'Oh s***'."
"Good old @Peston! We love a 's***' simulcast across about a hundred UK radio and TV channels at 5pm on a Thursday," remarked a fourth.
As soon as Robert got through, the chancellor tried his best to ignore the foul language that had just been broadcast.
He said: "Afternoon Robert."
Defending the slip-up, Robert replied: "Oh hello, my connection doesn't seem terribly stable but I'll give it a go."
Later, the TV personality and journalist took to social media to explain the blunder, putting it down to a computer malfunction.
He said: "Just to clear up any misunderstanding, screen froze at precisely the moment chancellor turned to me!"
The bulletin had been concerning the UK response to the coronavirus pandemic, with tax authorities promising to contact those who are eligible for grants.
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