Naga Munchetty tells co-star she felt like an ‘afterthought’
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BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, 46, cheekily hit back at her BBC Radio 5 Live co-star Nihal Arthanayake, 49, after she felt like an “afterthought” in his pub garden plans. Naga was chatting to Nihal about the star-studded line-up for his show, as he admitted he wouldn’t mind having a drink with some of his guests now lockdown restrictions have been eased in England.
Handing over the airwaves to the presenter earlier this week, Naga said: “Nihal is up at one o’clock, hey friend! How are you doing?”
Nihal replied: “Hey! Good Naga, good.
“Now that we can all meet outside, or six of us outside a pub garden, I think I’ve got a fantastic line-up of people to hang around and have a drink with.
“Martin Lewis at one Clare Balding at two and the comedian Simon Amstell after three, I mean come on, that would be a lively…”
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Naga then interrupted Nihal by reminding him that he would have room for two more guests at the pub, due to the government’s rule of six.
She interjected: “That’s four, that’s four, you’ve got room for two more.”
“Yeah, come on, well, you – definitely,” Nihal quickly added.
However, Naga was less than impressed with being added into Nihal’s plans at the last minute.
“Afterthought, thanks,” the star sarcastically replied.
Trying to avoid the awkward moment, Nihal continued: “And Alex Scott! Alex Scott would be brilliant company, wouldn’t she?”
Refusing to let her co-star get away with his apparent snub, Naga hit back: “She would be.
“I’m taking to heart that I was an afterthought there, don’t think I didn’t notice!”
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Defending himself, Nihal reassured Naga: “You weren’t an afterthought!
“But it’s just a little bit weird if I’d said you first, I think.”
Naga then lightheartedly teased: “No it wouldn’t have been.”
She then curtly said before leaving the airwaves: “Have a good programme. Enough!”
Nihal rushed to apologise to Naga, exclaiming: “Oh my God!
“I’m going to make it up to you, I promise!”
The duo’s funny on air exchange comes after pubs in England can now open for customers seated outdoors.
People must follow either the rule of six, or be in a a group of any size with no more than two households present as lockdown restrictions ease.
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