Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

BBC row latest: Match of the Day’s Gary Lineker forced to apologise over bald joke | UK | News

The former Leicester City player revealed on Twitter how the BBC had received official complaints over the joke. According to the Daily Telegraph, the BBC must now respond to the complaints filed by members of the public as it would any other formal complaint addressed to the corporation. Despite it being official policy to deal with complaints, the BBC did not appear remorseful, with the 13 second clip remaining on its Twitter feed. The clip has been watched by over 100,000 people, in addition to the millions who watch Match of the Day live.

Only the second show of the season, Mr Lineker accompanied by guest pundits Danny Murphy and Alan Shearer, poked fun at his colleagues’ lack of hair.

He said: “It’s a strong start to the premier league season. Real hair-raising stuff at times… unless you’re Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy.”

The pair smirked as he camera panned towards them, shaking their heads and laughing.

Viewers, however, were clearly not as welcoming of the joke as the two who bore the brunt of it.

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Mr Lineker disclosed the complaints on Twitter, he said: “The BBC has received a complaint about bald jokes on @BBCMOTD (genuinely). Very unfair I feel to call @alanshearer @IanWright0 & Danny Murphy jokes.”

The BBC’s highest-paid presenter, Mr Lineker is paid a salary of £1.75million-£1.76million per year, but is still classed as a freelancer, and exercises his freedom of speech on Twitter regularly.

The BBC declined to respond to questions about the complaints, and refused to confirm whether they were investigating a possible breach of standards within their own politics.

A BBC spokesman also declined to explain whether bald jokes would continue to be welcomed on Match of the Day.

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here reactions to the joke in the comments section of Mr Lineker’s tweet were mixed, with some siding with the broadcaster while others expressed their outrage.

One user wrote: “Some of your snowflakes pals Gary!”

Another, outraged by the joke said: “I can take a joke, but have you not noticed that bald blokes are literally the only people left in society that can be s**t on with impunity? Nobody would consider making a joke like that about a bald woman. I started going bald at fourteen; utterly destroyed my confidence.”

The BBC are obliged to respond to complaints in some form, with feedback from viewers circulated to producers and managers considered crucial to the corporations development.

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