The One Show presenters Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas had an A-list line-up for Monday’s edition of the programme, but failed to mention the ongoing scandal surrounding the BBC.
Zoe Saldana, Nicole Kidman, Michael Sheen and David Tennant joined the presenting duo, speaking about new show Special Ops: Lioness and the launch of Good Omens season two, respectively.
However, the one story that’s been hitting the headlines over recent days appeared to be forgotten, despite coverage of the unnamed BBC presenter scandal on BBC News, an hour earlier.
On Friday, it was claimed a male BBC star was reportedly being investigated for providing money in exchange for explicit photos from a teenager.
The well-known presenter, who has not been named, was accused of giving more than £35,000 to the anonymous teen for the imagery.
While the victim at the centre of the allegations is now 20 years old, the situation is said to have begun when they were 17.
Since the allegations broke, further claims have emerged that the presenter stripped down to his underwear for a video call with the alleged victim, but, a lawyer for the young person said there was ‘no truth’ to the claims.
A letter from them reported by BBC News At Six said: ‘For the avoidance of doubt, nothing inappropriate or unlawful has taken place between our client and the BBC personality and the allegations reported in the Sun newspaper are “rubbish”.’
Again citing the lawyer, the BBC also reported the young person sent a denial to the Sun on Friday evening, but that the ‘inappropriate article’ was still published.
A statement from the newspaper said: ‘We have reported a story about two very concerned parents who made a complaint to the BBC about the behaviour of a presenter and the welfare of their child.
‘Their complaint was not acted upon by the BBC.
‘We have seen evidence that supports their concerns. It is now for the BBC to properly investigate.’
Since the story broke, the likes of Gary Lineker, Rylan Clark and Jeremy Vine have spoken out to deny rumours they were the presenter.
Lineker tweeted: ‘Hate to disappoint the haters but it’s not me.’
Meanwhile, Piers Morgan has blasted the BBC’s ‘ridiculous’ coverage of the explosive allegations, commenting on a tweet where someone pointed out the BBC when reporting on the news concerning the claims that have been made.
They wrote: ‘BBC host asks BBC reporter standing outside the BBC about allegations against unnamed BBC star.
‘BBC reporter says they “haven’t been able to confirm” whether the BBC presenter has been suspended by the BBC.’
TalkTV presenter Morgan quote-tweeted the original post, and bluntly responded: ‘Ridiculous.’
The One Show airs weekdays from 7pm on BBC One and iPlayer.
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