Naga Munchetty discusses 'switching up the mundane'
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Naga Munchetty, 45, apologised to her guest on her Radio 5 Live show, after she admitted a remark she made was slightly “mean”. Chatting to her interviewee Eugene, they touched on his early career as a snooker player but Naga couldn’t resist taking a little swipe after she made him tell her of the time he lost to none-other than three time world champion Mark Selby, who at the time was just at the beginning of his game.
That was mean, I’m sorry! I couldn’t resist!
Talking about a match he played way back when he was a teenager, Eugene revealed he was up against someone even younger than him, but never asked his name.
“That’s not very sporting, Eugene!” Naga scalded.
He replied: “Well, you may see him again you may not, but you’re concentrating on your own game at the time.
“But for me it was pretty short-lived!” he added, joking about the fact he mopped the floor with him.
The presenter chuckled as she urged him to tell the punchline she was so keen for listeners to hear.
“You lost fair and square, time goes on, you move on, does this person ever pop up in your life again?” she smirked, knowing full well that he did.
Eugene revealed he was told that the youngster was a rising star and that he would become the next big thing, and sure enough – they were right.
Selby has won 19 ranking titles, placing him joint seventh on the all-time list of ranking tournament wins and has an estimated £5,907,434 of career winnings to date.
Eugene gushed over how proud he was to have had the honour of playing the champ when he was starting out, and that he enjoys telling people about it despite losing to a kid.
But Naga couldn’t resist poking the bear, and teased: “Wouldn’t it have been better to say, ‘I’d beaten him once…'” she mocked.
Eugene sighed and laughed: “You’d [think about it] all day long, wouldn’t you.”
The presenter burst out laughing as she apologised for her comment: “That was mean Eugene, I’m sorry!
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“I couldn’t resist!”
Elsewhere, Naga received a mean comment of her own, after a BBC Breakfast viewer called for her to be axed from the show for being “false” and “annoying”.
The BBC host has grown a tough skin over the years and she wasn’t about to let rude remarks get to her now, as she hit back with a sassy response.
In the now deleted post, the troll also claimed that the 45-year-old doesn’t have a “nice or watchable bone in her body”, something Naga sarcastically accepted as constructive criticism.
“She hasn’t got a nice or watchable bone in her body. She is so annoying I have to switch off @BBCBreakfast.”
As an advocate for the Be Kind movement to stop online bullying and harassment, it wasn’t long before Naga decided to out the user for their harsh comments.
“Thanks for sharing your thoughts,” she began before mocking their claims she is false.
“Very constructive indeed (does that sound genuine enough?)”
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One and Naga’s BBC Radio 5 Live begins at 10am to 1pm Mondays to Wednesdays.
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