Carol Vorderman and Richard Whiteley STAR in Countdown
Carol Vorderman, 60, has taken the blame for “not noticing” that her Countdown co-host Richard Whiteley’s tie looked like it had been branded with a very rude word on the Channel 4 show. The star shared a throwback image of a news article documenting the moment, as she reflected on the hilarious blunder on Instagram and Twitter today.
In the photo, Richard was pictured wearing a tie which had the word “Countdown” written on it.
Unfortunately for the late presenter, who died in 2005, only the “Count” part of the design was visible to viewers, while his lapel mic covered up the “O”.
As a result, Richard’s tie awkwardly appeared to spell c**t.
Addressing the mishap in view of her 73,000 followers on the picture-sharing site, Carol admitted she was the one who selected the tie for Richard to wear and said: “#2OYEARSAGOTODAY #FRONTPAGE this has popped up on memories..omg it was front page a long time ago.
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“Richard asked me which tie to wear for our Christmas Countdown special show. I chose this one cos it was handpainted by a lovely viewer. Xmas trees and COUNTDOWN written all the way down it.
“He put it on…we recorded the show and then it was broadcast on Channel 4 at Christmas.”
Carol went on to explain her “innocent” mind was at fault for the X-rated error.
She added: “OMG OMG OMG We were so innocent we hadn’t noticed that when Whiters sat down behind the desk, the DOWN of COUNTDOWN had disappeared and then he’d clipped his mic over the O….leaving just C**NT**** left to be seen.”
Fortunately, Carol revealed she was able to see the funny side of the situation at the time.
She concluded: “OMG what a front page to wake up to nearly 20 years ago today.
“We cried laughing #soinnocent.”
Fans took to the comments section of Carol’s post to share their thoughts on the funny TV moment.
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One person wrote: “I’ve never seen this??!! That’s brilliant!!”
Another added: “Miss Vorderman that was so naughty especially before the 9pm watershed. But so funny.”
A third person commented: “B****y legend our Richard & love that tie he is missed so much by so many xxx.”
A fourth fan replied: “How hilarious!! I bet you two did cry laughing you two had such a special bond it was great to see.”
Richard had hosted Countdown from 1982 until 2005, with Carol also on the show from 1982 to 2008.
Elswhere, Carol received a warning from This Morning star Eamonn Holmes about her Christmassy display at home, which was covered in candles.
It came after the former mathematics expert shared a photo of her cosy living room on Twitter yesterday.
Replying to the presenter’s tweet, Eamonn wrote: “My lovely friend….I’m nervous just looking at that..
“I hope you have a Fire extinguisher close to hand. That’s a lot of flame.”
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