A BBC Wimbledon commentator has been sacked for calling Meagan Duhamel ‘that b**** from Canada’

A BBC Wimbledon commentator has already been sacked for calling ice skating champion Meagan Duhamel ‘that slut from Canada’ when he thought his microphone was off

  • Simon Reed was one of 27 ‘match commentators’ hired by the company
  • The presenter was fired from a previous job after insulting Meagan Duhamel
  • He presented the World Figure Skating Championships with Nicky Slater

A BBC Wimbledon commentator has already been fired for calling an ice skating champion ‘that b**** from Canada’, it has emerged.

Veteran broadcaster Simon Reed was one of 27 “match commentators” hired by the company to cover the two-week tennis tournament for television, radio and streaming services.

However, it emerged the former Eurosport presenter had been removed from his commentary role after insulting Meagan Duhamel at the end of a show, believing her microphone was off.

Veteran broadcaster Simon Reed was one of 27 ‘match commentators’ hired by the company to cover the two-week tennis tournament for television, radio and streaming services

The 74-year-old was presenting the World Figure Skating Championships with Nicky Slater, a former British ice skater, in March on the International Skating Union YouTube live stream when he made the remark.

After the commentary, the two presenters were heard laughing, oblivious to their conversation being streamed online to the channel’s tens of thousands of viewers.

Mr. Reed and Mr. Slater were both immediately suspended by the ISU after the offensive comment and were not allowed to return to their broadcasting duties.

The ISU said in a statement at the time: “We strongly condemn any statement of a discriminatory or prejudicial nature.”

However, it emerged the former Eurosport presenter had been removed from his commentary role after insulting Meagan Duhamel at the end of a show, believing her microphone was off.

However, it emerged the former Eurosport presenter had been removed from his commentary role after insulting Meagan Duhamel at the end of a show, believing her microphone was off.

However, Ms Duhamel later said that the two presenters had personally apologized to her, which she accepted.

Last night the BBC said in a statement: ‘Simon Reed has apologized for his remarks at the time and the matter has been resolved.

A BBC source said the incident involving Ms Duhamel was known to the BBC when Mr Reed was hired, but believed it was ‘handled properly’ before he joined the team of Wimbledon.

Last night, Mr. Reed could not be reached for comment.

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