Viewers of the BBC weekend favourite Saturday Kitchen were less than impressed with this week’s episode, labelling it ‘car crash TV’.
According to The Mirror, the first disturbing incident occurred early in the show when guest Jamie Oliver – apparently forgetting he wasn’t a crude 1970s comic – said he remembered ‘putting pork in your mouth’ to vegetarian guest Anna Jones.
Needless to say, a lot of people weren’t impressed:
OMG did Jamie Oliver really say "I remember putting pork in your mouth" to a lady guest on Saturday kitchen when she said she's vegetarian?
— Steve Prescott (@prescott1962) May 7, 2016
@SaturdayKitchen absolutely shambolic this morning. Terrible TV.
— Rob Sampson (@Sammaz) May 7, 2016
But for some reason he seemed determined to keep going and later in the show he said to her:
Would you just give that plate a good old rim job?
Jamie’s rough humour wasn’t the only thing viewers found unnerving.
The show has been using guest hosts following the recent departure of James Martin, and this week it was was led by Gennaro Contaldo and Antonio Carluccio.
Unfortunately for them, fans were left unimpressed by the chaotic experience, with the combination of hosts and guests confusing a lot of viewers:
Watching Gennaro &Carluccio trying to present Saturday Kitchen Live (or Lorraine Pascale t'other week) makes you appreciate Martin's skill
— david oliver (@mancunianmedic) May 7, 2016
This morning's @SaturdayKitchen has to be the most amateur TV in years. Seriously, the chicken that they are cooking could present better!
— Mike Jenner (@mike_jenner) May 7, 2016
@SaturdayKitchen is giving me a bit of a head ache this morning. It's all falling apart. This is cringey. :-/
— Mike Heath (@spikal) May 7, 2016
Had to turn one of my favourite shows off. #saturdaykitchen today is like car crash TV. Guests running show to help out wooden presenters
— Wayne (@WayneAmethyst) May 7, 2016
But while many were criticising the programme, others pointed out it actually made for some pretty entertaining viewing:
Oh my god #saturdaykitchen is epic today 😂 It's like watching Father Jack minus the swearing… But then there is still time yet 😂
— Jessica ✨ (@parisianskies) May 7, 2016
#saturdaykitchen most amazing episode ever. Was supposed to leave home twenty minutes ago but just can't miss this wonderment!
— EmmaJimmyJames (@EmmaRachel555) May 7, 2016
For many people it was only the presence of TV chef and upcoming presenter Joe Hurd that salvaged the chaotic programme:
Where is Joe Hurd from? He would be a very good addition to the presenting team. #saturdaykitchen
— Sally Lowry (@sally_lowry) May 7, 2016
— Sara D (@mrssaracduncan) May 7, 2016
#saturdaykitchen joe hurd doing his pitch to be a future presenter i think. Too many cooks springs to mind.
— Yasmin Rehman (@RehmanYasmin) May 7, 2016
Love that #saturdaykitchen is trending. Worth a watch, car crash TV today. Genuinely terrible.
— Tom Newbold (@TomNewbold) May 7, 2016
So if Joe does become the new permanent presenter, at least one good thing has come from the absolute shambles.