After swearing live before 7am, John Simpson, a veteran BBC correspondent, left Richard Madeley (and Kate Garraway) in hysterics this morning on Good Morning Britain.John Simpson. Richard was listening to the former foreign correspondent and CBE explain the “terrifying” moment when he took part in a mock execution in Beirut where he was being ‘executed.
John was explaining to Richard what he had been told to do. A man held a gun to his back and demanded that he kneel.”He pulled the trigger, and I thought that my last moments were over… then everyone laughed. I stood up, and I rubbed my knees. I thought, “I have to assert myself here.” John was mortified and held his hand up to his mouth, amazed at the words he had just spoken.
Richard burst into laughter, while Kate quickly apologised to the nation John’s slip on the tongue. But not before scolding John for swearing at 6.50am. She stated: “You’re also in serious trouble for saying that on breakfast TV!” “We won’t mock execute you John, it’s okay John, you’re fine, I think people will get it!”
GMB viewers were equally amazed, and they did not fail to see the humor in the program. They took to Twitter to share their appreciation with Kate and Richard’s reactions. One person tweeted: “Could John Simpson replace Richard Madeley #GMB after waking the nation when he stated ‘w *****’?”
Another said: “Loved John Simpson’s w ***** drops that literally woke up the nation!” It was a great feat of courage to go through such atrocities. Madeley is one among several guest presenters who were drafted in to present this show after Piers Morgan’s March departure.
Morgan’s permanent replacement has yet to be announced. Simpson, who first joined the BBC in 1970, has been a well-known correspondent for the BBC abroad for many decades. He interviewed world leaders, and reported from more 120 countries, including 30 war-zones.