BBC Breakfast fans ‘switch off’ as Naga and Charlie return after flag row ‘Not watching!’

BBC Breakfast: Charlie Stayt pokes fun at Robert Jenrick's flag

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Last week, BBC Breakfast hosts Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt angered viewers and hit headlines for openly mocking the Union Jack flag hanging behind Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick during their interview. As a result, the BBC has come out to insist the moment was meant in a “light-hearted” manner while Naga had to apologise for “liking” tweets about the comments the two made on air. 

However, it appears many BBC viewers still aren’t best pleased and admitted they turned off Thursday’s show after Naga and Charlie returned in place of Dan Walker and Sally Nugent.

Replying to the Breakfast official Twitter account, one fan said: “Just saw today is hosted by Naga. So it’s a no, thanks.”

“Will never watch this programme whilst Naga Munchetty is presenting,” a second echoed.

A third harshly said: “Big switch off this morning. @BBCBreakfast have rolled out @TVNaga01 & #CharlieStayt.”

The criticism kept on coming, as a fourth weighed in: “I’m wondering why these two are back on TV.

“They were awful on Saturday kitchen live recently as well. BBC have no b*****s both Charlie and Naga should be taken off our screens.”

While a fifth pointed out: “We see you @BBCBreakfast. We get no 7:32am Government Minister on Naga and Charlie’s day because your employees found the National flag and Monarch hilarious and belittled it. Sorry would be OK.”

And a sixth concurred: “@BBCBreakfast oh well , time to turn off @BBCBreakfast, you’ve not listened to the public, we don’t want these presenters on the TV. Hello @GMB ….”

The interview in question which sparked the row came a week ago when Mr Jenrick joined Naga and Charlie last Thursday.

As the interview drew to a close, Charlie was the one who commented on the minister’s flag being “too small”.

Charlie said at the time: “Robert Jenrick, thank you. I think your flag is not up to standard size Government interview measurements.”

Naga could be heard laughing over the top of her co-host’s comments before he carried on: “I think it’s just a little bit small,

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“But that’s your department really,” he concluded as an awkward silence descended onto the show.

Naga could be seen holding her hand over her mouth to try and stifle the laughter as the cameras returned to the studio.

Charlie’s co-star then jumped in with an observation of her own: “The picture of the Queen was there.”

As they tried to regain their composure, Charlie explained: “Every time, we’ve seen it every day -“

“There’s a flag,” Naga jumped in. “He did have the picture of the Queen though.”

The pair’s seemingly sarcastic and mocking tone irked a number of viewers up and down the country.

However, both Naga and Charlie will retain their place on the BBC Breakfast sofa for tomorrow’s episode.

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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