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The One Show: Alex Jones gets Shaun Williamson’s name wrong

They knew it was bound to happen

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Shaun Williamson saw presenter Alex Jones get his name wrong last night as he appeared on The One Show.

The actor, 54, is best known to many for his role as Barry Evans on the BBC soap EastEnders.

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Shaun Williamson was on The One Show last night (Credit: BBC)

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And at the end of his interview on The One Show on Tuesday (August 18) evening, host Alex slipped up and accidentally called him by his character’s name.

They were rounding off the chat when Alex – who was joined on the couches by guest-presenter Gethin Jones – mentioned Shaun was speaking to them from a hotel.

“I’m in Chippenham, I’m living the dream!” he said. “I’m doing the audio book of my book that comes out on October 1.”

Alex replied: “Eh nice plug you got in there, Barry.”

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Gethin admitted a blunder a likely (Credit: BBC)

‘Bound to happen’

Realising the mistake, she quickly added: “Sorry, Shaun!”

Gethin was in stitches as he laughed: “You can’t… it’s hard not to!”

Alex added: “Cheers, Shaun. It was bound to happen, wasn’t it?”

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Viewers reacted on Twitter, with some calling the blunder “embarrassing” and “cringeworthy”.

One said: “Embarrassing interviews, can’t even get the guests’ names right, #notfunny unprofessional #TheOneShow.”

Another tweeted: “Omg. How cringeworthy is #TheOneShow.”

A third, who found it hilarious, said alongside laughing emojis: “@MissAlexjones calling Barry ‘Barry’ when he is actually Shaun #TheOneShow.”

It’s hard not to.

Someone else predicted it would happen, writing, “Waiting for them to call him Barry” and then adding later, in a separate tweet, “Yes!” with a crying laughing emoji.

Elsewhere in Shaun’s interview, Alex spoke about stars trying to distance themselves from their soap roles after they leave.

Shaun laughed as he discussed doing the exact opposite when he was hired for the sitcom Extras in 2005, following his EastEnders departure in early 2004.

Extras role

“You were happy to be Barry in that?” Alex said.

Shaun explained: “I was, because it was Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant. After the success of The Office, they were hot.

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“When they said, ‘Do you want to be in Extras? But you’ll be known as Barry. You’ll be shining shoes, you’ll be a comically unemployable version of yourself’. I went, ‘Yes okay then!'”

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