Woman’s Hour host Emma Barnett has been accused of ‘talking s**t’ about guest Kelechi Okafor to producers.
Actress and fitness studio founder Okafor was due to appear to speak about the #MeToo movement, however decided to pull out of the show after the ‘degrading and vile’ experience.
Okafor didn’t mention Barnett by name but said on her Instagram Stories: ‘I won’t be going on Woman’s Hour now. The host didn’t realise that her mic was on as she was talking s**t about me to the producers.
‘The same stupid rumour or furore that started a couple of years ago that I’ve addressed since keeps coming back because people just like to be wayward and apparently these people were tweeting at her and [saying] “Why the f**k do we have Kelechi on the show when all of this is going on?”
‘Meanwhile, she’s not on mute, meanwhile I’m hearing the whole thing.’
She added that she then left the conversation.
Okafor added on Twitter: ‘Hi guys I’m coming off woman’s hour because what I’ve just had to witness is absolutely degrading and vile.
‘The host didn’t realise her mic was on as she was talking about me before the interview started is all I’m going to say.
‘You can have a genuine concern about something you’ve been told about me and address it in a manner that is kind. That wasn’t what took place. Myself and the other people who would be talking during the segment could hear me being talked about like a d**khead.
‘When she clocks the mic is on suddenly it’s “well kelechi could you just explain to me because I’m trying to give you a chance to explain…” It was on your producers to have explained and done their research. It was on you to check your mic’.
She continued: ‘The need for me on today’s show was to offer balance to these wayward women thinking that the MeToo movement is no longer needed. The fact is that if you feel it’s no longer needed for your white middle class sensibilities marginalised voices still need it.
‘We haven’t heard from everybody regarding the violations they’ve faced. The originators of the MeToo movement were Black women. From enslaved Black women who were raped by slave owners to Tarana Burke yet their voices are yet to be honoured.’
Barnett has not yet publicly addressed the allegations.
The show was Barnett’s second time hosting Woman’s Hour, after she took over from Dame Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey.
In a post to social media at the time, the former BBC Radio 5 Live host tweeted a picture of the Woman’s Hour mic and wrote: ‘New radio home from January.’
She added in a statement: ‘I can’t wait to get to know the many listeners of Woman’s Hour a lot, lot better…
‘I have a long love of Woman’s Hour and live radio and know that this is a very special and rare opportunity.’
Addressing the move on her own Radio 5 show later on, Barnett said: ‘Thank you so much for making this such a wonderful place for having a live conversation every day, for making me laugh, and howl, and weep in equal measure.’
Credit: Original article published here.