BBC apologises for putting the ‘C’ into Ronnie Corbett
Editor used the offensive word to decribe the comedian after he pulled out of The One Show
Ronnie Corbett yesterday became the latest recipient of a grovelling apology from the BBC after it transpired that one of its senior executives referred to the much-loved comedian in a staff memo as a "little cunt".
Upon hearing that Corbett had decided to pull out of a planned appearance on The One Show, its editor Doug Carnegie immediately sent out an email, containing the slight, to a production team of more than 60 people.
The incident occurred last month and might never have come to light had Carnegie's choice of words not offended one member of staff to the degree that they passed the email to the Daily Mail.
The whistleblower is quoted as saying: "'He [Corbett] gave a very reasonable eight days' notice but Mr Carnegie's response was to describe him as a 'little cunt'" I am not the only member of the team who was disgusted by this email from a highly paid BBC manager."
To his credit, Carnegie, upon hearing that the email had been made public, got in touch immediately with Ronnie Corbett's agent and emailed through an apology. However, it is understood he has not yet spoken to the star.
It is the latest in a long line of recent gaffes emanating from the BBC, the most famous being the 'Manuelgate' episode in which Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand left a series of lewd messages on the answer-machine of Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs, concerning his granddaughter. Brand resigned from his Radio 2 slot and Ross was suspended for three months.
Another public embarrassment involved The One Show. Carole Thatcher, daughter of the former prime minister, was axed as a roving reporter for the early evening TV show after she compared a black tennis player at the Australian Open to the "golliwog" on the old Robertson's jam pots. ·
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