Gary Lineker is nothing if not a professional. After all, even shitting himself on the pitch during his footballing days couldn’t stop him from doing his job.
Nowadays, good old Gary is also a bit of a pro at this whole presenting thing, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t guilty of the occasional on air screw up from time to time.
Last night, the former footballer was at the helm of Sport Relief alongside comedian David Walliams, when he got just a little bit carried away while reading out his lines on the autocue.
After introducing Danny Dyer’s segment, most presenters would stop talking and let the next segment begin. But not Gary – he just kept on going.
See if you can spot where the Match Of The Day man went wrong here…
— Andrew Yee (@andrewyee) March 18, 2016
Here is a man that knows only too well how important that cause is: Danny Dyer. When Sport Relief asked me to go to Sierra Leone… Oh that’s Danny’s bit. Sorry Danny, I just carried on going there!
Live TV, hey? You gotta love it.
Even so, casually reading out part of a super emotional speech encouraging people to donate money for the cause? That’s really awkward.
And co-host Walliams didn’t help when Gary tried to recover, sticking the boot in, saying:
You didn’t go to Sierra Leone, you were sitting at home. Alright, you’ve dug yourself a hole, just shut up.Advertisement
He couldn’t resist another playful dig at Lineker on Twitter after the show either:
— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) March 18, 2016
And he wasn’t the only one.
The Internet got quite the kick out of Gary’s gaffe too, with many pointing out its similarity to a Ron Burgundy moment in Anchorman:
— Ray Maloney (@raymaloney23) March 18, 2016
— Rusky (@Ruskytron) March 18, 2016
— LM (@Rockchic65) March 18, 2016
"When Sport Relief asked me to go to Sierra Leone… Wait that's Danny's line!" Haha! Even legend Gary Linekar makes mistakes! #SportRelief
— Mike Wakely (@mike_wakely) March 18, 2016
Well, Gary Lineker is certainly not going to be invited back as host next year #SportReliefAdvertisement
— Ariadne Griffin (@Ariadne_Griffin) March 18, 2016
Lineker’s screw up wasn’t the only bizarre moment of the evening, but despite some of the cock ups, the evening raised a record £55 million for charity.