Awkward BBC reporter confuses Bill Cosby with Bill CLINTON as she reports artist release from prison – forcing Huw Edwards to issue embarrassed apology to viewers
- BBC News presenter Huw Edwards reported on Bill Cosby’s release from prison
- But journalist Michelle Fleury confused the artist with President Bill Clinton
- Edwards was then forced to apologize for the on-air blunder
- Cosby, 83, had his sexual assault conviction overturned due to a violation of his self-incrimination right
It’s the awkward moment a BBC reporter mistakes disgraced comedian Bill Cosby for Bill Clinton live on air.
Journalist Michelle Fleury was reporting on the artist’s shock release from prison – but accidentally referred to the former US president instead.
The huge blunder forced BBC News presenter Huw Edwards to apologize to viewers for the blunder.
It came just hours after Cosby, 83, was allowed to return home just two years after his 10-year sentence for sexual assault due to legal technicality.
Journalist Michelle Fleury was reporting on disgraced artist Bill Cosby’s shock release from prison – but accidentally referred to former US President Bill Clinton instead
In the video, news anchor Huw Edwards introduces Ms Fleurry, live from Philadelphia, Pa., To give the latest update on Cosby’s conviction overturned.
But in her opening sentence, she manages to confuse the comedian with a former commander-in-chief.
“Huw, the past two years, that’s where Bill Clinton called home,” she said, gesturing to a state correctional facility behind her.
She continues: “But tonight he will sleep in his own bed after the explosive decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to overturn his sexual assault conviction on the grounds that his 5th Amendment entitlement – that is, the right not to self-incriminate – has been violated. “
The huge blunder forced BBC News presenter Huw Edwards to apologize to viewers for the blunder
After finishing the report, the camera returns to a frightened Edwards in the studio who is forced to quickly apologize.
“Just to clarify what was said in Michelle’s introduction to the story, when she mistakenly said Bill Clinton instead of Bill Cosby, we apologize for the mistake,” he said. .
“The story is of course about Bill Cosby the artist.”
Ms. Fleury, a BBC reporter for 23 years, generally covers American economic and economic news.
The misidentification was quickly spotted on social media, with one person writing: “Clarification I didn’t expect to hear on @BBCNews tonight, apologies for reporter confusion between Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton. “
Another added: “This mistake on the BBC with them referring to Bill Cosby as Bill Clinton will have conspiracy theorists foaming at their mouths.”
Cosby was released on the grounds that a former prosecutor had promised him he would not be charged in 2005 and instigated him to incriminate himself.
The 83-year-old sent a peace sign to news crews as he returned home after being released from prison in Pennsylvania, hours after the court overturned his conviction.
He then tweeted: “I have never changed my position or my story. I have always maintained my innocence.
“Thank you to all of my fans, supporters and friends who supported me during this ordeal. Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for upholding the rule of law. #BillCosby ‘
The decision to free Cosby – once known as the “Father of America” - has “shocked and disgusted” his accusers.
Former federal prosecutor Neama Rahman called the decision “mind-boggling”, adding: “It is extremely rare”. It is unprecedented.