US Election: Emily Maitlis clashes with Trump campaign adviser
Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, 50, has expressed regret for mispronouncing the Irish name Gráinne after one of her listeners admitted her mishap “killed” them. Emily was called out for the mishap, which she suffered during the latest episode of her Americast podcast, on Twitter.
The journalist, who hosts the podcast alongside fellow BBC presenter Jon Sopel, apologised profusely for her error and revealed she had practised pronouncing the name several times in the mirror.
She said sorry in view of her 423,000 followers after a Twitter user penned: “Great episode Emily but you butchered the name Gráinne (Grah-nya) killed me!”
Emily, who was covering the US inauguration during the episode, replied to the listener: “Well that’s unforgivable. I’m so sorry.”
The star then vowed to “do better” following her blunder.
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She added: “I practised and practised in the mirror but I must do better.”
Fortunately for the star, fans took to the comments section of her tweet to share some reassuring words with her.
One person wrote: “She tried! Thank you @maitlis for such excellent objective reporting on this election.”
Another added: “It’s not easy getting the pronunciations right Emily, we have difficulty ourselves.
“For instance Conchubhair (Irish for Conor) is, phonetically, Cruhurr. And as for Tadhg? Don’t even ask!”
A third fan commented: “I came across Sinead when doing supply teaching! The pair just giggled, I could have asked for help at the time.
“In certain schools there were two names and I chose the easiest to pronounce!!”
Elsewhere, Emily recently revealed she learnt a top tip from a colleague, which she wished she had found out about at the start of lockdown.
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After months of using Zoom video calls for work meetings and family catch-ups, the TV star discovered a useful hack.
Sharing a tweet with the secret trick on Twitter, Emily said Comic Relief producer and radio star Emma Freud had “revolutionised” her life.
Emma’s post confirmed there is a button in settings, which adds a filter to improve your appearance.
Her tweet began: “Apologies if I’m the only person in the UK not to know this… but on a zoom call, if you go to the symbol at the bottom of the screen that says ‘start/stop video’ – press the tiny arrow – then press ‘video settings’ – then press ‘touch up my appearance’, IT MAKES YOU LOOK BETTER!”
Emily seemed delighted to hear the top tip, replying: “Oh my god why did you not mention this six months ago?!
“You revolutionised my life btw with the Bluetooth sunglasses…”(sic) she went on to add.
“What are Bluetooth sunglasses?” celebrity chef Nigella Lawson immediately asked in the comments section of the post.
“Wearables by Bose. (Amazing if you don’t like ear plugs. Or love sunglasses),” the BBC star responded.
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