John Inverdale apologises for saying the c-word live on air

The BBC Sport presenter immediately said sorry "for a slip of the tongue" during Radio 5 Live Cheltenham Festival coverage

It’s what could be described as a difficult day for the BBC press office.


First, Jeremy Clarkson was mysteriously suspended from Top Gear after a “fracas” with a producer.

Then, John Inverdale accidentally turned the Radio 5 Live airwaves blue during a seemingly innocent interview with a pair of riders at Cheltenham Festival.  

Reflecting on a good day of racing with former jockey John Francome and current star Lizzie Kelly, Inverdale somehow managed to use the phrase (and please look away if you are easily offended, or don’t listen to daytime radio) “rose-c***ed” instead of the more common term “rose-tinted” (no need to star that out, you see). 

He immediately added: “I apologise there for a slip of the tongue but Lizzy your love of the sport just shines through.”

A BBC spokesperson later added: “It was a slip of the tongue and John apologised immediately afterwards.”

Inverdale has been in hot water for his on-air comments in the past, most recently when he said Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli was “never going to be a looker” during live coverage of the showpiece event.

You can hear his “slip of the tongue” below. Please don’t press play unless you are fully prepared to hear the strongest language of all (as outlined above… it’s the c-word). 


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