Naga Munchetty jibes at Charlie Stayt as BBC Breakfast descends into awkward silence

BBC Breakfast: Naga teases Charlie on 'litter picking kits'

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Naga Munchetty felt playful this morning as she decided to annoy her co-hosts on BBC Breakfast. She began by teasing weather presenter Matt Taylor. As he delivered the forecast, Naga complained: “You said it was going to get better,” to which Matt defended himself: “Better compared to now.” Jokingly annoyed Naga added: “It’s all relative” before moving on to annoy Charlie Stayt. 

Naga’s co-host started introducing a new story saying: “There has been a rise in the number of families asking for litter picking kits to help keep their communities clean during lockdown.”

Amused by how Charlie enunciated “litter picking kits,” she asked him: “What are they asking for?”

“Litter picking kits,” he spelled out again, as a huge smile appeared on Naga’s face. 

“And it’s linked to something you might have seen last week which is a litter cam,” he continued. 

“So now they’ve got…” Naga teased him again. 

As the studio fell into an awkward silence, Charlie scoped out his colleague to figure out if she was joking or seriously hadn’t understood what he just said. 

“Come on!” Charlie eventually protested as silence had descended onto the BBC studio. 

“It’s litter picking kits, that’s what they got” he indulged Naga one last time.

Later in the programme, Charlie found himself in a row with Labour MP and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Angela Rayner. 

The presenter questioned the politician over her party’s new messaging ahead of the May elections: “A vote for Labour is a vote to support our NHS”. 

Rayner criticised the current government’s “broken promise” of only a one percent salary increase for NHS doctor and nurses and said: “Our government should give our nurses and our NHS staff the pay rise they deserve.

“They deserve better than what the current government is offering them,” she added. 

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Charlie then asked her what her proposal would be, a question which she avoided for the rest of the interview, prompting the BBC journalist to press her more and more. 

He asked her “Why would you reject someone like the Royal College of Nursing who say it should be 12.5 percent?”

“It’s not a matter of rejecting,” said Rayner, to which Charlie interrupted her: “You are, you are saying you wouldn’t give them that.”

The Labour MP reiterated what the current Tory government’s actions have been so far.

“No, I know what they said,” Charlie hit back. “I am just trying to clarify why you are saying that you are the party that is behind the NHS.”

Explaining that the decision would have to be made within trade union negotiations, Rayner was interrupted again as Charlie pressed: “I’m asking what you think.”

Viewers couldn’t help but notice the constant interruptions and took to Twitter to voice their complaints: “@AngelaRayner just answer the b****y questions! [face palm emoji] Car crash of an interview on @BBCBreakfast happening right now!”

#BBCBreakfast – Angela Rayner confirms #labourparty priority is a pay rise for NHS staff but isn’t sure how much it should be,” added another. 

BBC Breakfast airs on weekdays at 6am on BBC One. 

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