Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge stumbled in her pronounciation when talking about ex-health secretary Jeremy Hunt
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It’s Jeremy H-U-N-T, Sophy! Sky’s red-faced Sophy Ridge becomes latest in long line of presenters to give ex-leadership contender a VERY rude nickname in on-air slip up

  • Sky News’ presenter Sophy Ridge stumbles over Jeremy Hunt’s surname
  • It’s not the first time the ex-Cabinet minister has seen his name mispronounced
  • The former health secretary today formally joined the ranks of rebel Tory MPs 

Jeremy Hunt might have infuriated a number of Tory MPs today when he turned on Boris Johnson – but it was on Sky News that the former Cabinet minister was given the rudest nickname.

In the latest in what is now a long line of on-air bloopers when it comes to Mr Hunt’s surname, Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge stumbled in her pronounciation when talking about the ex-health secretary.  

Her blunder came as she spoke about those prominent Conservative MPs who had publicly declared they would vote to topple the Prime Minister in a confidence vote over Mr Johnson’s leadership.

Apparently oblivious to her error, Ridge said: ‘Two figures who are significant, Jeremy C*** because he’s a potential leadership candidate.

‘Jesse Norman because he’s worked with Boris Johnson for quite a long time.’

Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge stumbled in her pronounciation when talking about ex-health secretary Jeremy Hunt

Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge stumbled in her pronounciation when talking about ex-health secretary Jeremy Hunt

It is not the first time Mr Hunt has had his surname wrongly expressed by both TV and radio broadcasters.

In one of the best-known incidents, BBC Radio 4 presenter Jim Naughtie slipped over Mr Hunt’s name on the station’s flagship Today programme in 2010.

The error was compounded later the same day when fellow BBC presenter Andrew Marr made the same mistake when introducing a debate about Naughtie’s stumble another programme.

Speaking in 2015 about the incident, Naughtie revealed: ‘I was there with lots of bits of paper and someone was shoving headlines in front of me and I said, “After the news we’ll be talking to Jeremy C***”…’

‘And all I could see behind the glass were arms going up in the air, as in “We surrender”.

‘And the guy who was passing the news bulletins to the late Rory Morrison went under the table [laughing].’

When Naughtie announced he was leaving the Today programme after 21 years, Mr Hunt told him: ‘Bravo Jim. You conducted my most memorable interview ever, albeit not because of determined dissection of govt policy…’ 

It is not the first time Mr Hunt has had his surname wrongly expressed by both TV and radio broadcasters

It is not the first time Mr Hunt has had his surname wrongly expressed by both TV and radio broadcasters

The ex-Cabinet minister today revealed he would be voting against Boris Johnson

The ex-Cabinet minister today revealed he would be voting against Boris Johnson

Mr Hunt today formally joined the ranks of Tory rebels wanting Mr Johnson to be ousted from Number 10.

This morning the ex-Cabinet minister revealed he would be ‘voting for change’ ahead of Tory MPs’ confidence vote over Mr Johnson’s leadership.

Mr Hunt, who also previously served as foreign secretary, was beaten by Mr Johnson to the Tory leadership in 2019 when party members elected a successor to Theresa May.

He repeatedly failed to rule out another leadership challenge in a string of media appearances in recent weeks, as pressure grew on the PM over Partygate.

Mr Hunt characterised tonight’s vote – which was later won by Mr Johnson – as a choice between ‘change or lose’ for Tory MPs.

‘Having been trusted with power, Conservative MPs know in our hearts we are not giving the British people the leadership they deserve,’ he wrote on Twitter.

‘We are not offering the integrity, competence and vision necessary to unleash the enormous potential of our country.

‘And because we are no longer trusted by the electorate, who know this too, we are set to lose the next general election.

‘Anyone who believes our country is stronger, fairer & more prosperous when led by Conservatives should reflect that the consequence of not changing will be to hand the country to others who do not share those values.’

Mr Hunt’s intervention against the PM was met with a furious riposte by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, one of Mr Johnson’s uber-loyalist Cabinet ministers. 

She tore into his record as a Cabinet minister – including his ‘inadequate’ pandemic planning during his five-and-a-half year spell in charge of the Department of Health – and accused him of ‘destabilising’ the party for ‘personal ambition’.

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