PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 00:01, Tue, Sep 8, 2020
Question Time presenter Fiona Bruce, 56, has admitted she “should have” stepped in when John Rhys-Davies lost his temper with the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas on the BBC show. The actor shouted “oh woman” at Caroline and banged his fists on the table during the episode of the programme, which aired last year.
The pair got into a disagreement when she challenged his views on the success of President Donald Trump.
John shared his support for the US President’s official state visit to celebrate the anniversary of the D-Day landings in June.
He then became irritated when Caroline questioned the popularity of Trump.
Fiona addressed the moment while reflecting on Laurence Fox’s controversial appearance on the show, in which he claimed Britain was not a racist country.
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Fiona Bruce addresses Question Time regret after controversial moment (Image: BBC•ITV)
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Fiona revealed the debate between the MP and the Lord of the Rings star stood out more to her in comparison.
She explained: “I remember more strongly the time we had another actor on [John Rhys-Davies] and he addressed Caroline Lucas as ‘woman’.
“I thought at the time, I should shut him down, and say, that is not how we say things here.”
Fiona went on to say she regrets not handling the incident differently.
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