Ben Fogle was reportedly kicked out of BBC HQ after turning up to demand an on-air apology from a Radio 5 Live presenter, after he claimed he didn’t like Staffordshire bull terriors.
The Sun state the TV presenter arrived at the London headquarters yesterday in a rage, after Nihal Arthanayake made claims on air that he considered “libellous” and “untrue”.
It turns out that Nihal was 200 miles away, however, as he was working in Salford, Greater Manchester.
An insider told the publication: “Nihal told security to get rid of Ben straight away, much to Ben’s fury. It was all rather awkward.”
It comes after Ben threatened legal action against the BBC a day earlier, after Nihal informed his listeners that his wife had once met a man in a park, while walking their dog, who had warned his children not to go near Staffies like hers as they were a dangerous breed.
Adding that the man was a “wrong’un”, he then went on to sensationally reveal that the man had been presenter Ben.
But the adventurer – who was host of Britain’s Top 100 Dogs on ITV – took the accusation very personally, and hit out at the radio show in a furious post.
“Why did you broadcast an unsubstantiated, untrue story about me without even asking?,” he fumed on Twitter .
“I have never ever been to Queen’s Park. I LOVE staffies and grew up surrounded by them in my father’s veterinary surgery. Not cool.
“And @bbc5live you will be hearing from my lawyers. You can send any compensation to Staffie rescue centres.”
Ben’s angry tweet comes after Nihal told his listeners that the TV star had left his wife “upset,” adding that she instantly recognised him from the small screen.
“He was so rude. My wife came back to me and said, ‘This guy, I don’t know if you know him, I think he’s on TV.’ And then we saw him on TV and she was like, ‘Yeah, it was him.’ My wife was very upset because our dog is such a lovely dog,” he explained.
“And from that day on I’ve just been like, nah, that guy’s a wrong’un. So I’m not going to tell you it was Ben Fogle but the guy is an absolute wrong’un.”
The BBC host has since said on air: “Ben says it must be a case of mistaken identity. He wants us to make clear he loves Staffies.”
Mirror Online have contacted Ben Fogle’s representative for comment.
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