Naga Munchetty accuses BBC Breakfast boss of ‘lying’ in cheeky on-air jibe

BBC Breakfast'sNaga Munchetty was not holding back on Friday morning, during a discussion about parents lying to their kids.

She and co-presenter Charlie Stayt were going through the day's newspapers from the red sofa, as Naga read aloud from a Mirror article headlined: "Get Out Claus".

The article concerned the top myths parents tell their kids to get them to behave.

Reading aloud, Naga said: "These are brilliant. One of them I really like. For the frugal parents out there – and there's nothing wrong with being frugal – the tooth fairy is only strong enough to carry 50 pence to put under your pillow."

She added: "I mean, that is a big coin!"

The conversation quickly turned to Santa Claus myths, as she told Charlie: "Smoke alarms – Father Christmas' spy cameras. I love that."

But Charlie definitely wasn't as impressed as Naga, as he responded: "Okay… I think that's a little sinister, that's bordering on the sinister for my tastes."

Naga insisted: "I love it. I absolutely love it."

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Afterwards, Naga read out: "The ice cream van plays music when it runs out of ice cream."

And she soon turned to face the studio, as she ruthlessly pointed out: "Our deputy editor is going 'yeah'. I see her lying to her children all the time."

The host also delivered a huge dose of honesty as they discussed chemicals in swimming pools potentially turning urine "bright green" as a way to deter kids from weeing in public pools.

Charlie offered: "I think they started doing that in pools – or maybe I was so sucked into the lie myself that I started believing it! But they had put chemicals in that would do that, and such was the very thought of it, the shame, that it made you change."

Naga, however, candidly admitted that it likely wouldn't put her off "widdling" in the pool.

Giggling, a blushing Naga replied: "But then part of you thinks, 'I'm just going to try it!' just to see. And then swim really fast away, blame it on someone else!"

While the hosts discussed the myth of apple trees growing in stomachs if you swallow the seeds, Naga interjected: "But I don't understand what's wrong with eating the pips. I thought all parts of the apple were good."

Luckily, a band of fans on Twitter were quick to point out the reason why – as they actually contain tiny traces of cyanide.

"Apple pips contain small traces of cyanide – best not eat them Naga!" one fan advised.

BBC Breakfast airs from 6am daily on BBC One.

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