Channel 4 has issued an apology following a homophobic slur that was broadcasted on an episode of Countdown earlier this week.
During the episode, contestant Matt Gould was presented with the scramble of letters ‘AOOEDRPFT’ and managed to produce the word p****er, scoring him seven points.
Matt stated that he was under the impression that it would have been edited differently to make it appear as if another word had been read out.
“I apologise for my part in this. I thought it might be edited differently.”
He stated that he had an inappropriate seven that he knew was in the dictionary, as well as a riskier seven that he was unsure about.
Gould added, “I thought that bit would be reshot with a non-offensive seven letter word.”
A spokesperson for Channel 4, who has since apologised, stated that the “airing of the word was an error of judgement. It does not align with our values and we apologise for any offence caused.”
Co-presenter Richard Osman described the incident as an easy fix for producers while stating that it could have been avoided.
Osman stated, “The contestant was embarrassed to be saying it, but in that situation, the easy solution is to all agree he scored seven points and to retake with a different answer.”
It’s understood that this editing technique has been used before on the show.