Saturday Kitchen viewers hail “car-crash TV” as presenter slices his finger open live on air

That's the beauty of live television, folks

We all know that chefs like to add their own secret ingredients to recipes from time to time, but the one Donal Skehan added to a dish on this morning’s Saturday Kitchen had us gasping in horror.

The Irish TV presenter, 31, was chopping herbs to go with some fish that guest chef Jun Tanaka was barbecuing.

As Tanaka was explaining the popularity of the dish at his London restaurant, The Ninth, Skehan suddenly exhaled dramatically off-camera.

He’d only gone and sliced his finger open, causing it to start bleeding heavily.

Skehan later posted a picture on Instagram of his injured finger with a plaster on it. (Credit: Donal Skehan/Instagram)

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Looking alarmed – but surprisingly managing to sound calm – he said to the camera: “I’m fine. We’ll just crack on through like it didn’t happen.

“We’ve just cut my finger, but that’s OK because this is live television and very sharp knives.

“I’ll crack on through. I’m going to wrap a tea towel around it. Nothing like a bit of blood on a Saturday morning just to get you alive and kicking.”

The show’s other guest, comedian Julian Clary, responded in typically sarcastic fashion, saying: “You poor thing! Are you feeling faint? Do you think this is the end of your career?”

“This is probably it, Julian,” replied Skehan. “Who cares about the rain when you’ve chopped off your finger on live television?”

The 31-year-old Irishman is about to become a father for the first time. (Credit: Instagram)

Viewers quickly took to Twitter to have their say, and as you might expect, they found the whole episode rather amusing.

“Hahaha this is absolute car-crash TV. Julian Clary doesn’t want to be there and Donal has just chopped his finger off,” wrote one less-than-sympathetic observer.

“Always said that Donal Skehan reminded me of a real life Alan Partridge,” mocked another. “This morning’s show confirms it.”

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Credit to Skehan, though – he was soon on social media himself, posting a picture of his bandaged thumb, as well as some humble words.

“Huge thanks for all the lovely tweets on the finger!” he wrote. “Thankfully not too deep but ooh that smarts!”

The Dublin-born personality is also an accomplished musician, and even auditioned to represent Ireland in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.

Last month, he and his wife Sofie Larsson announced that they were expecting their first child.

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