Take a bow, Lynsey Hipgrave. The talkSPORT presenter has shut down a caller after he repeatedly referred to her as “love” and “darling” on air.
As Hipgrave filled in for ex-Coventry City star Alan Brazil alongside Danny Murphy, she held a phone-in to discuss Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. However, one caller, Gareth, greeted Hipgrave with the phrase “Hello, love”.
Hipgrave then asked Gareth what he thought about Guardiola, to which he replied: “Excuse me, darling…”. The presenter warned the caller (“you don’t need to call me darling. I’m not your darling.”), but Gareth started his next sentence with “The fact is, love…”
Hipgrave then cut off the call, saying, “Gareth, you know what? Because you can’t speak to me properly I’m going to sack your call off, love.”
You wouldn't call Alan Brazil "darling", would you? 🤦♂️@LynseyHipgrave1 was on 🔥 today… 👊👏
One hundred percent support for @lynseyhipgrave1, who I’ve worked with on @btsportfootball and @espn. A very able and professional broadcaster, who conducted herself appropriately on air in cutting off a disrespectful caller yesterday. We’re not living in the 1950s. Thankfully!
I just don’t see an issue. He’s probably spoken this Way his whole life as it used to be deemed respectful and a term of endearment. Now in 2018 everything is suddenly offensive even when it’s not intended to be. Hard for people to change lifetime habits just because it’s 2018
…But Hipgrave has since taken to Twitter herself to explain why the terms were “condescending”.
Seems to be an awful lot of people missing the point, sometimes it’s not what you say it’s the way that you say it. Genuine terms of endearment are lovely but the ‘scuse me darling’ was just condescending. He can’t say I didn’t warn him 😂#FFS