Lorraine’s Ranvir Singh has apologised for telling Lionness Beth Mead that she ‘looked knackered’ during an interview yesterday, saying it was just a ‘slip of the tongue’.
The presenter, 44, was branded ‘patronising’ and ‘rude’ by viewers for her comment about the England footballer, who was part of the squad who won the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 championship on Sunday.
However, today Ranvir, who is standing in for Lorraine, told viewers that the comment was unintentional, and she had in fact intended to say that Beth was looking great, but feeling knackered.
She made the clarification while speaking to LadBaby’s Roxanne Messenger, who was on the programme to take on a football challenge, inspired by Beth Mead, to celebrate England’s Euro 2022 victory
Lorraine stand in presenter Ranvir Singh, pictured here during today’s programme, apologised for a ‘slip of the tongue’ she made on yesterday’s show, when she told England footballer Beth Mead that she ‘looked knackered’
England player Beth Mead appeared on the programme yesterday (pictured) to discuss the team’s win at the Euros
Beth Mead, pictured here celebrating with the best player of the tournament award during the Euro 2022 final on Sunday, didn’t look ‘knackered’ during yesterday’s interview, Ranvir clarified on today’s show
Ranvir explained: ‘We had Beth Mead on the show yesterday, who by the way, looked fantastic, felt knackered just to clear that up.
‘It was a slip of the tongue on my part, I apologise.’
During yesterday’s interview, Ranvir said to the footballer: ‘How are you? I mean you look a bit knackered to be fair…’
Beth replied sarcastically saying: ‘Oh thank you!’ To which Ranvir added: ‘Your whole body has just like gone!’
Ranvir went on to ask the player how much sleep she’s actually had since Sunday’s win.
Beth said: ‘Not a lot! But yeah, enjoyed it so much… every minute since that final.’
Lorraine host Ranvir was branded ‘patronising’ and ‘rude’ by viewers after she told the England footballer she looks ‘knackered’ during an interview yesterday – but apologised for the comment today
During the interview, Ranvir asked the player how much sleep she’s actually had since Sunday’s win to which the Beth replied ‘not a lot!’
Ranvir continued: ‘Has your brain been able to switch off yet? Has your brain just been buzzzzzzz since that moment?’
Beth said: ‘It has, but I don’t even think it’s sunk in yet. A lot of the girls we still can’t believe we’ve gone and won it.’
She went on to credit the Lioness’s manager Sarina Wiegman saying ‘she really kept a calm culture and yeah, we have gone and won it.’
The incident was not the only controversy around newsreaders and their treatment of England players: it followed GMB’s Richard Madeley being blasted for being ‘sexist’ and ‘infantilising’ Euro 2022 star Chloe Kelly by nicknaming her ‘Coco’ because ‘that’s what he calls his daughter’ during an interview yesterday.
The player, 24, spoke to Richard and Kate Garraway during yesterday’s Good Morning Britain about her historic strike during the final which was followed by one of the most iconic Wembley celebrations.
The incident comes after GMB ‘s Richard Madeley was blasted for being ‘sexist’ and ‘infantilising’ Euro 2022 star Chloe Kelly (pictured) by nicknaming her ‘Coco’ because ‘that’s what he calls his daughter’ during an interview this morning
The English professional footballer revealed she took her shirt off during her goal celebration because a ‘male footballer would be doing exactly the same’ saying it is the ‘best yellow card she has ever received.’
However at the end of the interview, she appeared stunned when Richard told her: ‘Chloe – or ‘Coco’ as I call my daughter Chloe – Coco, thank you very much indeed for coming in.’
Many of those watching were left baffled by the moment, with one writing: ‘Wonder if he’d infantilise one of the Lions in this manner.’
Another commented: ‘Chloe Kelly’s face after Richard Madeley says ‘Chloe – or ‘Coco’ as I call my daughter Chloe – Coco, thank you very much indeed for coming in.’
‘I have to say, I cannot imagine a young male player who’d just scored the winning goal for England in a final going on TV and being told ‘Colin – or ‘Col-Col’ as I call my son Colin – Col-Col, thank you very much indeed for coming in.’
A third called it ‘patronising’, while another appeared to cringe, writing: ‘Oh lordy!’