BBC anchor has some explaining to do after inadvertently giving viewers a decisive middle finger: ‘Hey everyone…’

A viral video clip of a BBC presenter led to an apology and clarification after viewers were flashed a profane gesture on air.

BBC veteran Maryam Moshiri dismissed the incident as a “silly joke” but still offered her mea culpa for the moment the cameras picked up the middle finger she flashed during Wednesday’s world feed of BBC News at noon.

The anchor appeared on screen following the lunchtime show’s countdown, holding up her middle finger at the camera before seeming to realize she was on the air.

“Live from London, this is BBC News,” she said after quickly pulling back her hand and composing herself.

Moshiri went on to deliver news about former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s apology and other topics, but viewers had already had an eyeful.

By the next morning, the anchor with two decades at the BBC issued a statement on social media, explaining how the moment was a “private joke” with members of the team in the BBC studio.

“Hey everyone , yesterday just before the top of the hour I was joking around a bit with the team in the gallery,” she wrote on X.

“I was pretending to count down as the director was counting me down from 10-0.. including the fingers to show the number. So from 10 fingers held up to one,” she explained. “When we got to 1 I turned finger around as a joke and did not realise that this would be caught on camera.”

Moshiri apologized that the moment “went out on air” and insisted, “It was not my intention for this to happen and I’m sorry if I offended or upset anyone. I wasn’t ‘ flipping the bird’ at viewers or even a person really.”

“It was a silly joke that was meant for a small number of my mates,” her message concluded.

While reactions varied with some reminding her about being professional, many others saw the levity of the moment as they commented on X. British optical retail chain, Specsavers, delivered a “boss reply.”

Frieda Powers

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