Chris Whitty of BBC Breakfast chastised Naga Munchetty for interrupting him during a debate about the UK’s new smoking ban.
On Thursday’s programme, the presenter was admonished by the UK government’s senior medical adviser, who steered the nation through the epidemic and, umm, inspired Joe Lycett’s paintings.
‘Can I address your question, Naga, since you raised an important question,’ the 57-year-old said Naga.
The 48-year-old had inquired about how harsher smoking regulations would affect older generations who had smoked for years, saying that it was a difficult addiction to break.
Chris proceeded to explain how the ban would mostly effect ‘future generations’ when Naga interjected with, ‘Can I just clear this up?’
Rishi Sunak declared on Wednesday that the smoking age restriction, which is now 18 years old, will be raised by a year every year in an incremental New Zealand-style ban.
‘That means a 14-year-old today will never legally be sold a cigarette and that they and their generation can grow up smoke-free,’ the prime minister told Tory conference-goers.
He has also announced a new crackdown on vaping, vowing to scrutinise ‘flavours, packaging, displays and disposable vapes’.
Adding that data suggests one in five children now use e-cigarettes, Sunak said: ‘That is shocking and wrong. And we must act before it becomes endemic.’
Fortunately, Chris was considerably better mannered than a previous – and unpleasant – BBC Breakfast guest.
When a video of a man’s terrible run-in with a pigeon was shown on the morning news show, Naga struggled to keep her cool.
When a humorous video of a bird flying directly into the skull of an unsuspecting guy was presented, the presenter ended up wiping away tears and stating she was “sweating.”
We shouldn’t be laughing, but we are.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays from 6am on BBC One.