Fiona Bruce was ‘briefed’ about Laurence Fox ahead of his Question Time appearance which prompted an onslaught of backlash.
The actor’s subsequently been subject to death threats and recently revealed he’s been hounded off social media for good while the BBC was hit with more than 250 complaints about the episode.
Bruce, who took over from David Dimbleby as Question Time host in January 2019, explained to Radio Times: ‘I had a briefing about Laurence, and what he might say, but the thing about Question Time is that it’s entirely unpredictable, so people will get into arguments.’
The 41-year-old was scrutinised after moaning that the ‘race card’ is being too easily thrown around the debate surrounding Meghan Markle and it was getting ‘boring’.
Clashing with an audience member, he complained being called a ‘white privileged male’ is, in itself, racist.
‘We’re the most tolerant, lovely country in Europe,’ he snapped. ‘It’s so easy to throw the card of racism at everybody and it’s really starting to get boring now.’
The audience member hit back: ‘What worries me about your comment is, you are a white privileged male who has no experience in this.’
The Lewis actor – a member of the Fox theatre dynasty who attended the elite fee-paying Harrow School – was having none of it, fuming: ‘I can’t help what I am, I was born like this, it’s an immutable characteristic so to call me a white privileged male is to be racist, you’re being racist.’
His famous cousins have also now been at the tail-end of abuse with Freddie Fox being ‘spat at’ on the street.
Question Time airs Thursdays at 10.25pm on BBC One.
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