The presenter seemingly referenced how the former House Of Lords member said she “spoils” the BBC’s broadcasts with her “inability to pronounce her ’g’s at the end of a word”.
He had tweeted on Friday: “Competitors are NOT taking part, Alex, in the fencin, rowin, boxin, kayakin, weightliftin & swimmin.’
After responding directly to Lord Jones on Twitter saying she was proud of her accent, Alex appeared to slip in a cheeky reference to his words live on air.
During Saturday evening’s Olympic highlights show, Alex recapped: “So far we’ve been runnin’, ridin’, shootin’, scorin’, swimmin’ and puttin’ but we’ve still got a lot of gold to still uncover.”
Many people on Twitter picked up on the subtle nod to the criticism, and applauded Alex’s response, hailing her as a “class act”.
— Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) August 1, 2021
Absolutely here for the huge smile direct at the camera & glint in @AlexScott ‘s eye this evening as she emphasised dropping her g’s towards the end of this evening’s Today at the Games !! 🙌🤩 https://t.co/SmajCOrLfu
— Dr. J Bernadette Moore (@TheMooreLab) July 31, 2021
Alex had previously tweeted in response to Lord Jones’ comments: “I’m from a working class family in East London, Poplar, Tower Hamlets & I am PROUD. Proud of the young girl who overcame obstacles, and proud of my accent! It’s me, it’s my journey, my grit.”
She continued: “A quick one to any young kids who may not have a certain kind of privilege in life. Never allow judgments on your class, accent, or appearance hold you back. Use your history to write your story.
“Keep striving, keep shining & don’t change for anyone.”
You are everything linguists and true lovers of language despise. Also, since we’re being picky, you are not “Lord Digby Jones”, you are Digby, Lord Jones. There’s a world of difference. But however you’re titled, you disgrace the upper house with your misplaced snobbery
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) July 31, 2021
What a curmudgeonly, elitist, snobby and rather nasty piece of anti working class trash this is against the sublime gem that is @AlexScott Don’t let the clapped out old dinosaurs get you down Alex. https://t.co/WCGrEL2Ev0
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) August 1, 2021
WHAT? This is insufferably pompous & patronising… @AlexScott is a working class East London girl who’s risen to the top of two professions through hard graft & talent. She’s winnin’ in life and with this snobbish attitude, you’re losin’. https://t.co/JX8JgZymQe
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 31, 2021
I thought you were a proud Brummie? We invented dropping the ‘g’. ‘Bostin!’ If you can’t embrace diversity of voice may I suggest you’re the wrong Lord for the wrong city – youngest, most diverse in Europe. @AlexScott is a fantastic broadcaster who doesn’t need coaching from you. https://t.co/1au2jjYnZk
— Adil Rashford Saka Sancho 💙 (@adilray) July 31, 2021