Newsnights Emily Maitlis issues apology to fan over reaction to latest BBC project

Emily Maitlis grills Kevin Foster over emergency visas

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Emily Maitlis, who has been hosting her popular BBC podcast Americast since January 2020, returned with a brand new episode on Friday. It was the BBC Newsnight presenter’s first episode back since the Christmas holidays.

I am sorry about the chills but glad it was worth it

Emily Maitlis

The episode, titled Unhappy Anniversary, proved to have left quite the impression on one fan in particular.

The Twitter user @caceey directly tagged Emily in their tweet, telling the 51-year-old how moved they were from her discussion about the Capitol riot in Washington D.C. last year.

“Best podcast ever! I had chills down my spine listening to this one! @BBCSounds @BBCJonSopel @maitlis @awzurcher #Americast,” they tweeted.

And on Sunday, Emily responded to the tweet, writing: “Oh thank you!!

“I am sorry about the chills but glad it was worth it.”

Earlier this month, the mother-of-two touched on her infamous 2019 interview with Prince Andrew amid allegations of sexual assault from Virginia Giuffre.

Emily recalled her chat with the Duke in her BBC column, asserting that she was contacted by Prince Andrew, who was determined to “clear his name” from the aforementioned claims.

Emily expressed that his account formed “a critical part of this landmark legal case”.

“He believed things had been said about him that he could disprove.”

She went on to say that while viewers of the Newsnight special found Prince Andrew’s comments regarding the allegations “astonishing”, they didn’t appear to have shocked the BBC journalist.

“But bizarrely, I had been expecting them,” she said.

Before the interview at Buckingham Palace, Emily had been treated to tea with the father-of-two, who thoroughly explained what he had hoped to get out of their landmark conversation.


“It was there the duke shook my hand, sat down, and explained he was going to tell us why he believed the photograph of him and Ms Giuffre – showing Prince Andrew with his arm around her – was likely a doctored fake,” she wrote.

 In December, Emily was one of the many celebs paying tribute to Jon Snow, who had stepped down as presenter of Channel 4 News.

The 74-year-old helmed the role from 1989 up until his last show in mid-December.

Taking to Twitter to pen her emotional tribute, Emily also mentioned how Jon was responsible for her first big break.

“At 7 @jonsnowC4’s last @channel4news don’t miss this special man make his last broadcast – a legend, a gent and a journalistic hero,” she tweeted.

“Jon gave me one of my first breaks in television – covering the Hong Kong Handover.

“He was voraciously curious, boundlessly energetic, supportive and immensely kind. A real mensch and role model.”

Catch all-new episodes of Americast every Friday on BBC Sounds.

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