BBC apologises for letting caller go on n-word filled rant about his hatred for minorities and homosexuals live on air
- A guest used the N-word eight times live on BBC Radio London on Saturday
- Episode was uploaded to BBC Sounds before Iain Lee criticised the broadcaster
- Listeners claim that Sunny and Shay should have cut off call-in even sooner
The BBC has been forced to apologise after radio show hosts allowed a caller to use racist and homophobic language without cutting him off.
The guest used the N-word eight times during a conversation about board games on Sunny and Shay’s BBC Radio London show, hosted by married couple Mandeep ‘Sunny’ and Gursharonjit ‘Shay’ Grewal, on Saturday night.
‘Since I have moved to London from Greece, I have played Monopoly with my friend,’ the caller said, in a nod to National Monopoly Day last Friday.
To the embarrassment of Sunny and Shay, he then said: ‘But in my country we play a game where you are a white nationalist and kill all the n*****s and gays.’
The BBC allowed the phone-in to continue, with the caller using the racist slur several more times, including in the phrase: ‘I want to say that I f***ing hate n*****s.’
After the call ended, Sunny called the guest ‘obviously someone who doesn’t understand how you come on to engage here on the radio’.
A guest used the N-word eight times during a live call-in on Sunny and Shay’s BBC Radio London show, hosted by Mandeep ‘Sunny’ and Gursharonjit ‘Shay’ Grewal, on Saturday night
Though an on-air apology was made, the BBC uploaded the full episode to its Sounds platform, where it stayed until broadcaster Iain Lee criticised the show
Though an on-air apology was made, the full episode was uploaded to the Sounds platform, where it stayed until broadcaster Iain Lee criticised the BBC.
‘Why did BBC London allow a caller on to say ‘I f***ing hate N-words and gays’ over and over again?,’ Lee tweeted. ‘Absolutely incredible listening. The host asked him more questions after he’d said it!’
Listeners have even called for Sunny and Shay to be reprimanded for their failure to cut off the conversation after the first use of the N-word.
The conversation was held in honour of of National Monopoly Day on Friday and the caller was discussing the version of the game they played in Greece.
After the caller first used the N-word, Shay said ‘Right’ but allowed the conversation to continue. The guest then used the racist word in rapid succession, repeating it eight times on air in total.
Sunny then asked the guest further questions, saying: ‘Maybe I’m losing you in translation. Explain to me when did you first discover Monopoly?’
After they explained, Sunny added: ‘Thank you for sharing that with us, I really appreciate that.’ The host also asked what they ‘wanted to add to the conversation’ about the bullying controversy surrounding Priti Patel.
The caller answered: ‘I want to say that I f*****g hate n****s.’
Listeners blasted married couple Sunny (L) and Shay (R) for not cutting off the caller sooner
The interview then ended and Sunny said: ‘I’m sorry, just check that Will. I don’t understand where he was going with that conversation but he’s obviously someone who doesn’t understand how you come on to engage here on the radio.’
Listeners blasted Sunny and Shay for not cutting off the caller sooner, with one tweeting: ‘How long does it take for radio presenters on #BBCRadioLondon to cut off a ranting racist homophobe who uses the n-word?
‘Seems the presenters must be hard of hearing or were too busy texting to bother. Sunny & Shay get your ears syringed.’
A BBC spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘An on-air apology was made and it has been removed from BBC Sounds. This was clearly a malicious call and we are looking into how this happened.’
The BBC was criticised earlier this year for the use of the N-word by white presenters in its programming.
In an episode of American History’s Biggest Fibs, TV historian Lucy Worsley used the racist slur when providing a reaction quote to the speech from confederacy supporter John Wilkes Booth, who went on to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.
It came just days after a social affairs correspondent Fiona Lamdin used the offensive term when covering the collision between a Honda Accord and a 21-year-old man in Bristol.