It’s been a busy few days for Jeremy Vine – first, he was almost run over by a van, and then he was part of a painful, unfortunate on-air blunder.
Towards the end of his show on Wednesday afternoon, the Radio 2 presenter, 58, received a live call from Vivian in Southampton to discuss charity donations.
However, a simple phone-in quickly went awry when Jeremy deemed Vivian’s voice to be deeper than expected, leading to the uncomfortable exchange.
‘Vivian is in Southampton,’ Jeremy opened up their conversation, going on to introduce one of the last guests on his mid-afternoon show that day.
When Vivian said, ‘Jeremy, nice to speak to you,’ Jeremy then responded with words that left everybody listening creasing and cringing by their radios.
‘Gosh, whenever I say [the name] Vivian, I expect a woman, isn’t that crazy?’ the presenter said, to which Vivian replied, ‘Uh, I’m transgender, Jeremy.’
‘How is Jeremy Vine routinely more like Alan Partridge than Alan Partridge?’ (Picture: Getty/BBC)
Aiming to quickly get his show back on track after the cringe-worthy faux pas, Jeremy said: ‘Okay, forgive me. I wasn’t meaning to go into that. Forgive me.’
Despite being live on national radio, Vivian responded calmly, saying ‘No, no, that’s absolutely fine,’ before she carried on with the call without a hitch.
The blunder quickly gained traction on social media, with many comparing it to a blunder that fictional radio presenter Alan Partridge may commit.
Jeremy quickly apologised and Vivian said it was no problem (Picture: Channel 5)
It had already been a busy week for Jeremy… (Picture: Jeremy Vine/Twitter)
Alan Partridge, played by Steve Coogan, was introduced as a character in 1991 on the BBC Radio 4 comedy programme On the Hour.
He was then developed into a TV character who became famous for his unfortunate turns of phrase while presenting on TV or radio.
One user commented, ‘Why would you even say this in current year? Just asking for trouble,’ while the account Accidental Partridge shared a clip of the moment.
‘How is Jeremy Vine routinely more like Alan Partridge than Alan Partridge? The man is incredible,’ another person commented, again drawing the comparison.
Other users chose to see the funny side, posting as many bike puns as possible, given Jeremy’s penchant for recording his cycling journeys through London.
On Tuesday, Jeremy was involved in an ‘unbelievable’ accident which resulted in a van almost reversing over him while he rode his bike through the capital.
‘This morning. About an hour ago. Illegal right turn, then watch. Unbelievable,’ he posted on X (formerly Twitter) to over 700,000 of his followers.
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