Ulrika Jonsson accidentally left an African penis protector on display while carrying out an interview on Lorraine over video call.
Lockdown has seen plenty of interviews turn virtual as the TV industry adapts to new protocols in place amid the coronavirus pandemic and celebrities have been appearing on screen from the comfort of their own homes.
It’s led to some revelation gems like Phoebe Waller-Bridge telling Graham Norton she actually kept the penis wall from Fleabag and it now hangs out in her hallway and had fans scrutinising celebs’ choice of Zoom call filters, with Hugh Bonneville being called out by viewers during his appearance on The One Show.
Ulrika made the rookie error of not Zoom-proofing her background as she sat down to talk to host Lorraine Kelly on Monday and she was later left red-faced when she realised she had her African penis protector hanging up in pride of place on her wall.
Taking to Instagram after her live TV appearance, Ulrika circled the unusual ornament, as she shared a screenshot from Lorraine with her followers.
Pointing out the irony, she wrote: ‘It is with considerable irony that I realise I had an African willy protector in the background of my live on Lorraine this morning.’
Ulrika had been on the breakfast show to discuss sexual harassment and violence, following the murder of Sarah Everard in south London.
Sarah, 33, went missing after leaving a friend’s house in Clapham and her body was found six days later on March 10. Serving police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, has since been charged with Ms Everard’s kidnap and murder.
The case has dominated the news and sparked a conversation online about issues concerning women’s safety and the role men have to play.
In response, Davina McCall shared a post on Twitter that was widely criticised that claimed Ms Everard’s case is impacting men’s mental health. In her post, Davina said ‘female abduction/murder is extremely rare’ and wrote ‘this level of fear-mongering isn’t healthy’.
Davina later clarified her comments and insisted they had been ‘misinterpreted’ as she stated she was not ‘victim shaming and stressed: ‘Any man that’s violent/coercive towards a woman is abhorrent’.
Ulrika had disagreed with Davina’s tweets and insisted the conversation around women’s safety is ‘not fear-mongering’.
‘First of all, it is not fear-mongering because this is happening,’ she told Lorriane.
‘To say that it is rare is also incorrect,’ Ulrika claimed. ‘We know that domestic abuse is definitely not rare.’
Ulrika offered: ‘I am sure what she was trying to do was say let’s not forget that this is not all men, but I don’t even think that is a conversation that needs to be had because I don’t think anybody has ever said that this is all men.
‘Men’s mental health is a separate issue to this… [it] is a very important issue but I think it is not one that has a place in this conversation.’
Ulrika reflected on advice she was given by her dad to stay safe after moving to London and recalled times she has felt intimidated while walking alone.
‘I would stop and pretend to look in my hand bag to let somebody pass me because I felt intimidated by a man walking behind me,’ she said.
‘So many women have just accepted that’s how we should behave.’
Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.