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Sir David Attenborough had the most awkward AF interview with the BBC

Note to self: Don’t ask Sir David about the Queen.

THERE WAS A bit of a panic this morning when Sir David Attenborough’s name began to trend on Twitter, with many worrying that the unthinkable had happened.

But thankfully Twitter-sphere’s fears were unfounded.

The trending was all down to a cringe-inducing interview that took place this morning between the world famous broadcaster/naturalist and BBC presenter Naga Munchetty.

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Sir David was supposed to be on the BBC to discuss and promote a butterfly counting initiative, but Naga had different ideas.

Naga picked up a metaphorical shovel and began to dig a hole when she changed the topic of their conversation:

You recently had a discussion with the Queen – we’re very keen to know whether you discussed plastics when you did meet her.

Naga was referring to his most recent show, The Queen’s Green Planet.

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David politely, but firmly, made it known that he would not be discussing the Queen by answering in an uncharacteristically blunt manner:

No we did not. No we did not.

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Okuurrr, that is a resting bitch face.

The articulate and friendly Sir David is giving some major hints here that he doesn’t wana discuss what he talked about with the Queen, so as a seasoned presenter surely Naga will pick up on his tone and change topics.

And, as a seasoned professional, she did change the topic…she changed the topic straight to Prince Charles.


Prince Charles is a big advocate of helping the environment – it’s an issue that does appear to be held closely to the royal family’s heart.

David’s answer was even shorter than his previous, and he closed his eyes for a longer time than it took him to answer:

That may be, yes.


Please, Naga, step away from the shovel.

Naga switched up topics again to talk about a boat that was launched recently and named after Sir David.

(Sidenote: the name of the new research vessel was put to a public vote and hilariously the people chose Boaty McBoatface. Unsurprisingly, they didn’t go with the public vote and decided on RRS Sir David Attenborough)

I understand your reluctance for that conversation but perhaps you’d be keen to talk about the launch of the RRS Attenborough. The boat recently launched -

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David interrupted her.

I wanted to talk about the big butterfly count, that’s why you invited me here.

But an unstoppable force was keeping the shovel was firmly planted in Naga’s hands.

Of course, and we will do and we will continue to. But we can’t resist the opportunity to talk about more [than that] because you’re so fondly held in many people’s hearts.

Gushing flattery is not the answer here Naga. This man does not have the time or the ego to be talking about boats named after him. We need to save the butterflies.

RRS Sir David Attenborough hull launch Peter Byrne Peter Byrne

Naga, thinking her flattery would work, continued her line of questioning about the boat:

An example of that is the naming of that boat and the launch of which you were at – was that a significant moment for you?

David gave a long, winding response about how great he was and what a great state the planet was in because the Baby Boomers were the best generation ever who could not be better caretakers of the planet and financial markets…

Just kidding. Sir David gave his shorter answer yet:

Yes it was.

 If you can cope with the cringe, here’s the video:

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