Naga Munchetty welcomed back by BBC Breakfast viewers in her first show since Trump ‘racist’ row

Naga Munchetty welcomed back by BBC Breakfast viewers in her first show since Trump ‘racist’ row

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NAGA Munchetty has been welcomed back by BBC Breakfast viewers as she returned for her first show since being disciplined for calling Donald Trump racist.

The Breakfast host was found to have breached editorial guidelines by criticising the US president, but the decision sparked a furious backlash.

Naga Munchetty returned to work this morning
Naga Munchetty returned to work this morning
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The host returned to the red couch
The host returned to the red couch

The ruling was ultimately overturned by the head of the BBC on Monday – with Naga returning to the red couch this morning.

On her way to work she would not answer questions on the recent debate, and remained silent when asked if she felt let down by the corporation.

The presenter was escorted into the studio at Salford’s MediaCityUK by security staff in the wake of outrage over her censure for breaching impartiality guidelines.

And once back on the airwaves, neither she nor co-host Charlie Stayt referenced anything about the row.

But viewers were overjoyed as Munchetty returned to the couch for the first time since the row this morning.

Taking to Twitter, one wrote: “The Queen is back, Naga”

Another added: “Good to see Naga back where she belongs.”

A third said: “Morning Naga, great to see you on breakfast looking as amazing as ever. We love you Naga x”

OVERTURNED

Naga had been criticised following a conversation on air in July after President Trump tweeted that certain female members of the Democrat Party should “go back to their own countries.

Naga, 44, said: “Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism.

“Now, I’m not accusing anyone of anything here, but you know what certain phrases mean.”

The ECU ruled her assertion that Trump’s comments were “embedded in racism” went beyond what the BBC allows, and a complaint made about the presenter’s comments was partially upheld.

This sparked a backlash and several prominent black and Asian journalists and broadcasters, including Sir Lenny Henry and Krishnan Guru-Murthy, called for the decision to be reversed.


On Monday, the corporation’s director-general Lord Hall overturned the decision, saying in an email to staff: “I don’t think Naga’s words were sufficient to merit a partial uphold of the complaint around the comments she made.”

It was later revealed her co-host Dan Walker, 42, had also been named in the original complaint, although he was not investigated.

He was described as “very unprofessional” but it was only a later version of the complaint, focused on Naga, which was investigated.

The presenter had seen a groundswell of support after the ruling
The presenter had seen a groundswell of support after the ruling
Fans were quick to praise Naga's return to the couch
Fans were quick to praise Naga’s return to the couch
Many took to Twitter to welcome her
Many took to Twitter to welcome her
One said it was great to see the presenter again
One said it was great to see the presenter again
The presenter was investigated after making comments about Donald Trump
The presenter was investigated after making comments about Donald Trump
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Naga refused to answer questions about whether she felt let down by the BBC
Naga refused to answer questions about whether she felt let down by the BBC
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