Working in radio and television isn’t easy, as one always has to be prepared to entertain, inform and, at least, coherently speak to the public. This is something that BBC radio’s Paula White learned the hard way on Friday after she was booted off-the-air for purportedly being “drunk” on the job. In a curious appearance, the host rambled on her live show for 30 minutes before listener complaints allegedly led producers to remove her mid-broadcast.
The odd appearance was White’s last three-hour show after six years at BBC Radio Stoke (she was already planning to leave the show before this incident unfolded). In addition to slurring her words, she appeared to have trouble operating the equipment.
“For the last time on lunchtime let’s ssssssssssay you pick the music,” she said. “It’s a P-A-R-T-Y because I said sooooo… Some people will say, ‘Oh, thank goodness she’s gone.'”
Listen to a portion of her on-air antics, below:
White said on the broadcast that she had a few drinks before getting on the air, adding to the perception that she was drunk. Still, she denied that alcohol was inhibiting or impacting her behavior.
“I’m not drunk, I’ve had a couple of drinks, I’m not drunk… I’m sad,” she continued.
Dan Siegertsz, a colleague, stepped in to complete the broadcast. A spokesperson later said that White was “under par” and was, thus, unable to finish the show. A longer version of the audio can be heard here.
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