GMB's Ben Shephard jokes about 'death in studio' after camera operator accident

By Lewis Knight

Ben Shephard made a morbid joke after a Good Morning Britain camera operator gaffe.

On Wednesday’s instalment of the ITV breakfast show, Ben and co-presenter Susanna Reid spoke with the Daily Mirror’s Associate Editor Kevin Maguire and Daily Mail columnist Andrew Pierce about the headlines.

After discussing Boris Johnson’s plans for a national insurance hike, the pair moved on to discuss the latest news in the Covid-19 pandemic with Dr Hilary Jones.

Ben commented: “Let’s just touch on coronavirus this morning, Hilary.

“There was a rise in deaths yesterday, reportedly…”

However, the sound of something crashing down could be heard out of shot, prompting Ben to glance up and Susanna to stare to her left startled.

Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid were distracted by a crashing noise in the Good Morning Britain studio (ITV)

Ben then joked: “There’s another one there…”

Susanna then asked: “Are we okay there on camera four?”

“She’s okay,” commented Ben.

The presenter then joked: “Moving to get Hilary’s close-up that’s what it is.”

A laughing Hillary agreed: “That’s what it is.”

“Never come off Hilary’s close-up,” added Ben.

Later, in the show, the presenters addressed the amusing gaffe again.

Dr Hilary Jones laughed as Ben joked that the camera operator was trying to capture Hilary's close-up (ITV)
Later, Ben and Susanna pointed out the gaffe again (ITV)

Susanna commented: “I’d just like to point out, Catherine on camera four is absolutely fine.”

As Ben could be seen chuckling, Susanna added: “I’m not sure what was dropped.”

Ben explained it was a unit on her camera, which Susanna called “a very technical bit of kit”.

We saw a masked Catherine operating the camera as the presenters spoke about the accident.

We saw camera operator Catherine show off what happened (ITV)
A piece of kit from the side of the camera had fallen down (ITV)

“It was a drama,” joked Ben again, “she didn’t have Hilary in the close-up and she knows that’s a sackable offence. She rushed to get Dr Hilary in place.”

They joked that “no one noticed”.

Newsreader Sean Fletcher then said that she got his shot “perfect” before he was then blurred by Catherine, prompting further laughs.

*Good Morning Britain airs from 6am to 9am on ITV with previous episodes available on ITV Hub.

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