Nadine Dorries hosts Piers Morgan’s show
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The former Culture Secretary had a howler during her debut standing in for Piers Morgan as the Conservative MP appeared to struggle to use the autocue. While introducing an upcoming news segment Nadine Dorries muddled her words repeatedly before eventually being forced to admit defeat during a less-than-stellar presenting debut.
Presenting on TalkTV in place of the regular host Piers, the former Culture Secretary got off to a shaky start.
A clip of the Ms Dorries’ attempted intro voiceover has been shared on social media and viewed over 1 million times.
While attempting to introduce the main headlines of the day, Ms Dorries got tongue-tied over the appointment of Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister and the Cabinet Reshuffle.
She then appeared to give up before exclaiming: “I have completely messed that up.”
Ms Dorries’s debut as a TV presenter drew missed reviews from viewers on social media.
@RegardantAlice commented: “‘Anyone can do telly, it’s easy, let’s privatise Channel 4’. @NadineDorries proved correct again.”
@achesterfan said: “Politicians think they can do anything without consequence…whether that’s defrauding the public or dabbling in side hustles they should be nowhere near based on their skill sets (/lack of).
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“@NadineDorries shouldn’t you be focusing on the chaos in your party & your constituents?”
@JerryHicksUnite said: “Mad Nadine Dorries has been trying her hand at TV presenting as she fills in for Piers Morgan
“Um, its not been going brilliantly.”
Others, however, defended the former Culture Secretary: “She has said she’s dyslexic in the past and is likely having difficulty reading the teleprompter here.”
Ms Dorries confirmed her diagnosis when she was seen to struggle with her words on previous occasions.
In April 2022, she wrote on Twitter: “I have dyslexia, which means that when I speak I often run my words together and say things that sound like the words I’m trying to say.”
The botched TV appearance comes after Ms Dorries was highly critical of BBC News’ Martine Croxall amid claims the presenter showed bias after Boris Johnson pulled out of the Tory leadership contest.
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During her introduction to Sunday night’s edition of The Papers, in which members of the press and experts look at how the main stories of the day were covered, Ms Croxall said: “Well this is all very exciting, isn’t it?”
She added: “Am I allowed to be this gleeful? Well, I am.”
The programme started at 10.30pm on Sunday, around 90 minutes after Mr Johnson pulled out of the Tory leadership race.
Ms Croxall also suggested during the programme that her comments could have breached BBC guidelines, and she was later taken off-air.
Responding to a guest’s joke aimed at Mr Johnson, she said: “I shouldn’t probably (laugh). I’m probably breaking some terrible due impartiality rule by giggling.”
Some viewers, including several Tory MPs, reacting to a clip on social media, complained it displayed bias.
A statement from the broadcaster said: “BBC News is urgently reviewing last night’s edition of The Papers on the News Channel for a potential breach of impartiality.
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“It is imperative that we maintain the highest editorial standards. We have processes in place to uphold our standards, and these processes have been activated.”
Ms Dorries said on Twitter: “This lack of impartiality demonstrates how deep-seated the bias is.”
On Sunday evening, Mr Johnson claimed he had the nominations needed to make it onto the ballot paper but admitted he could not unite his warring party.
The former prime minister said there was a “very good chance” he could have been back in No 10 by the end of the week if he had stood.
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