ITV was forced to abandon live TV programming mid-morning on Thursday, as the cast and crew were evacuated from the set because of an apparent bomb threat.
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Lorraine Kelly spoke out Friday about claims a “suspicious package” sent to her sparked an evacuation from ITV studios and the surrounding area on Thursday.
ITV has halted all daytime programming while the situation continues, as This Morning was turned off during transmission and an emergency episode aired instead.
Loose Women has also broadcast footage in the past, with it soon revealing the studios had been evacuated because of a possible bomb threat.
It was later reported that a package addressed to TV presenter Lorraine had caused security concerns, and resulted in evacuations with nearby train stations also closed.
On Friday, Good Morning Britain host Ben Shephard asked Lorraine on air about the incident and what really happened.
When he joked that it was all down to some underwear, Lorraine stepped in to explain what really happened – confirming it was a package sent to her.
She confirmed that there was nothing wrong with the item she received and that the problem was with the battery in the item.
Ben asked, “Lorraine, are you responsible for the evacuation? I’m reading the newspaper. What’s that? A suspicious pair of underwear or something?”
Lorraine explained: “No, it’s not! It’s obvious, so I was told, apparently someone sent … someone from a movie company sent me a small gift.
“It had a battery in it. And when they x-rayed it, it looked a little suspicious. But all is well and all is well. It’s okay.”
When Kate shared that she was really worried about the news and what was happening, Lorraine confirmed that there was nothing to worry about and that it was “all great”.
Viewers couldn’t help but worry when This Morning was suddenly broadcast without explanation, before ITV shared the statement on Twitter.
A source close to Lorraine later confirmed she was the one who intended to receive a box that a security officer picked up before it could reach her.
A source told The Sun: “People quickly assumed that whatever was in the box, it was sent to Lorraine.
“Everyone at ITV loved her – so everyone was upset and very worried about the whole thing. Luckily everyone was safe, but it freaked everyone out.”
A statement from the Metropolitan Police at the time read: “At 11.14pm on Thursday, March 10, police were called to a report of a security alert at Wood Lane, White City. It is reported that a suspicious object has been discovered.
“The area was evacuated as a precaution and subway stations in White City and Wood Lane were temporarily closed. The incident was stopped shortly before 12:49. An investigation is ongoing.”
Meanwhile, ITV shared on both This Morning and Loose Women Twitter accounts: “We apologize for the pause in today’s live show. We are currently running pre-recorded content and hope to be back with you soon.”
Lorraine airs at 9 a.m. weekdays on ITV.
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