Fire alarm goes off as cast is forced to evacuate BBC This morning’s breakfast is broadcast live
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BBC Breakfast was forced to evacuate the building this morning when the fire alarm went live.
At 9:55 a.m., the interview with this year’s The Apprentice winner Harpreet Kaur was interrupted by a loud ring of bells.
When the fire alarm went off, Rachel Burden was still sitting on the red sofa. In front of the camera, she said, “So we were bothered by-“
When the bell paused, Roger Johnson attempted to resume the interview before an automated message directed them to leave the building.
The voice said: “Attention, attention, please evacuate the building by the nearest available exit.”
The two hosts quickly understood the situation, and Rachel apologized to the audience for the interruption.
She said: “I’m so sorry everyone, for the time being we will have to leave the set.
“We’ll see if we can come back before the end of the show.”
Presenters are explicitly required to leave the premises, despite remaining seated and speaking to the audience for a brief period of time.
Roger said: “Thank you, enjoy whatever you’re doing for the rest of the day. I think we’ll have to go. Harpreet, I’m so sorry. That sucks.”
The presenters remained on the couch until the camera cut to the holding screen.
Viewers were quick to criticize the presenters for their behavior around the fire alarms, and they took to Twitter to voice their concerns.
One person wrote: “A bit confused and worried why 2 reporters and guests stayed on the sofa for so long with the fire alarm going off and the tannoy message please leave the building ???”
A second was written: “It’s a fire alarm… that’s all you need to know. It signals you to get out, quick. #ThickAsMince”
Another viewer found the host’s reaction quite believable, writing: “Love the very realistic response to the alarm. You can see them thinking: ‘Is this really happening? Do we really have to move? *sigh* Oh okay! “”
While another felt the response to the alarm was very ‘British’, writing: “Very British response to the fire alarm going off mid-interview on @BBCBreakfast
“May stop apologizing so much and evacuate as the announcement suggests”
At 10:08 a.m., just 13 minutes after the alarm was first heard, Rachel took to Twitter to confirm that it was a false alarm and that everyone was safe.
She shared a photo of herself and Harpreet smiling for the camera, as she held a piece of cookie.
Rachel captioned the image: “Everything is fine guys – false alarm and yes, I got some cookies and chatted with @harpsikaur @BBCBreakfast awesome”
One viewer replied: “That cookie looks great, can you send me some.
“Glad it was just a false alarm, but sadly the interview never actually took place”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/bbc-breakfast-forced-air-alarm-26561734 BBC Breakfast forced to stop broadcasting as alarm sounded and studio was evacuated