Jeremy Hunt tells people to stop using the ‘c-word’ instead of his name

PUBLISHED: 13:51 14 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:51 14 June 2019

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA.

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Jeremy Hunt has told broadcasters to “grow up” and refrain from pronouncing his surname using its rhyming expletive.

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The foreign secretary's name has been mistakenly replaced with the c-word by journalists on both television and radio on numerous occasions.

But in an interview the Tory leadership hopeful was less convinced that it was a mistake, telling people to "grow up".

He was speaking to the Telegraph's Brexit podcast when he said was often called "Jeremy C***" at school.

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"I'm used to it. I had this when I was at school. Personally I think people should just grow up and get over the fact that my last name rhymes with a rather unpleasant word," he said.

Most recently BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire, addressing Tory MP Steve Brine during her own weekday news and current affairs programme, said: "You say the man you are backing, Jeremy C***... I'm so sorry, Jeremy Hunt".

She issued a swift apology on air, saying: "I've never said that before in my life. It's normally men who say that so I really, really want to apologise."

It occurred during a four-way debate over who should take over the leadership of the Conservative party.

However, her mistake comes after presenters on Sky News, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Radio 4 have all fallen foul to the error.

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