Huw Edwards admitted to eating “a bit of a croissant” as he wiped his mouth and told viewers he had just finished the pastry.
The veteran broadcaster made the on-air confession while presenting the BBC’s coverage of the 2022 local elections.
He said: “I must confess that I just ate a small croissant. So I’m just finishing this and I’m ashamed to say it, but here we go. It’s 8 to 6 in the morning…”
A sleepy Edwards later joked about his slip-up with political scientist Professor Sir John Curtice, who appeared on the show to offer an analysis of the findings.
Introducing the veteran election expert, Edwards said: “I just wonder if Sir John Curtice helped himself to the French patisserie this morning while sifting through his records.”
Sir John replied, “I was just going to say, Huw, if you would send them up to us, as they haven’t gotten here yet.”
Edwards said, “I’ll deliver Jonathan at six, no question.”
Last year, the 60-year-old Welsh journalist and presenter hosted the BBC’s coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April.
In 2017, a technical error meant he was able to sit in silence at the start of BBC News At Ten.
Viewers on some devices saw Edwards seemingly unaware that cameras rolled for a few minutes as he wrote notes and gazed at a screen.
After the show, Edwards tweeted a photo of a can of beer, saying, “I think I’ll enjoy this little beauty after this ten. Iechyd there!”
Earlier this year, Good Morning Britain’s Laura Tobin revealed to viewers that she ate chicken nuggets for breakfast and also spilled her drink on the show after oversleeping after a long night out after the show won a charity news quiz.
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