BBC Breakfast ‘sorry’ after presenting Nicola Sturgeon as a gorilla

Awkward but oh so funny

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BBC presenter Charlie Stayt apologised after the broadcaster’s breakfast programme showed footage of a gorilla instead of Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Host Naga Munchetty was telling viewers they would be joined by the politician later in the programme when footage of a gorilla which escaped from its enclosure at London Zoo was shown on screen.

Co-presenter Charlie quickly apologised for the gaffe.

Naga Munchetty (Guy Levy)

He said: “I’m sorry, we have very clearly run the wrong pictures over that particular sequence, my apologies there.

“The story we will be talking about later, as you probably guessed by the pictures, is about the escaped gorilla at London Zoo.”

Kumbuka the silverback gorilla escaped at around 5.15pm on Thursday but was caught and returned to his den in about an hour after being tranquillised.