BBC Host Paula White Pulled Off Air After Sounding Drunk

BBC radio presenter Paula White was taken off air after being accused of being drunk.On the last day of a job, plenty of people will throw back a few drinks with co-workers when the shift is over. But this is a riskier proposition in certain professions -- such as an announcer on live radio. Paula White, a presenter on BBC Radio Stoke, a news and entertainment program based out of central England, was pulled off the air Friday after sounding a bit tipsy to listeners, the BBC has confirmed.

The radio host's time slot had been moved from Friday afternoons to Saturdays, according to the central English newspaper, The Sentinel. And on Friday, only 30 minutes into her last day on the shift, White was called out by a listener for slurring on air while shouting comments like, "It's a P-A-R-T-Y because I said sooooooo." The viewer had texted in, asking if she was drunk, and White said, "I sound drunk. I'm not drunk. I've had a couple of drinks. I'm not drunk. I'm sad."

She was taken off the air by the show's producers, and replaced by colleague Denholm "Dan" Siegertsz. "Paula is not feeling well with it being her last afternoon show and has gone home," was all he said upon taking over. A BBC spokesman said that she was taken off the air because she was "under par."

White had hosted the Friday afternoon segment for the past six years and has a total of 16 years with the BBC.

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White can be heard tripping over her words throughout the half-hour she was on air. At one point, she even broke from the show's format and invited listeners to send in music requests for the show's playlist. "For the last time on lunchtime let's ssssssay you pick the music. ... I don't care. Whatever you want to hear this afternoon, it's like you can hear it."

On-air blunders by broadcasters seem to go instantly viral these days. In recent months, two broadcasters have been fired after on-air slips of the tongue. Chicago television reporter Susannah Collins was fired after she mistakenly referred to the Chicago Blackhawks' "tremendous sex" -- she meant "success." (Her bosses said they fired her due to "unrelated" circumstances.) Two weeks earlier, a 24-year-old North Dakota television anchor, A.J. Clemente, was fired after he used expletives during his first day on the job.

So far, White has not lost her job (or at least the BBC has not announced it). And White has her defenders. "Even if she had a drink, I don't think it should overshadow what a great radio presenter she is," Fred Hughes, a columnist for the British newspaper, The Sentinel, was quoted by the BBC as saying. "I think it would be unfair is she was remembered for something like this."

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People commenting on her looks, you look like Brad Pitt? Take a good, long, hard look in the mirror, ugly.

May 16 2013 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She must be Catholic.

May 16 2013 at 12:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Collins fired for slip of the tongue re: the Blackhawks saying sexual instead of sensual-mistake - We have heard worse everyday. Certain people can say want they want and get away with it

May 16 2013 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

after seeing her picture I know why she was on Radio

May 16 2013 at 9:39 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Good thing she was just on the radio...she looks like a beast.

May 16 2013 at 6:58 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Brits love booze!!!

May 16 2013 at 6:24 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

If my face was that big I would get drunk too.

May 16 2013 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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May 16 2013 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

many years ago WLS in Chicago had a DJ named Dick Beyonde - I listened to this station whenever it would come in - one night Dick told a joke - it went something like thhis - if women's hemlines get any higher they will have two more cheeks to powder and another head of hair to comb - the station went off the air immediately

May 16 2013 at 12:17 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to ga7smi's comment

Was he fired?

May 16 2013 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In the first place, his name was spelled BIONDI and the joke was told well after midnight. Yes, he was eventually fired. But he found a job elsewhere very quickly. This was in the 50s.

May 18 2013 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Reminds me of "Pat" on SNL. LOL

May 15 2013 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vimala Nowlis

Drunk at work? Anyone would be fired from their job. And should!

May 15 2013 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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