A group of 17 backbench MPs wrote to the head of the BBC calling for the BBC Breakfast hosts to be reprimanded following dismissive remarks about the Union Jack flag and a portrait of the Queen. Mr Stayt and Ms Munchetty’s comments came after an interview with communities secretary Robert Jenrick.
Now, Britons have called for the BBC Breakfast hosts to be removed from their jobs following their “disrespectful” comments.
One person said: “It’s time the BBC was closed down, for good!”
Another Express.co.uk reader said: “The whole country is getting sick of the woke movement and in particular those on the BBC who disrespect our country, our monarchy and our way of life.
“It is time for all normal people to fight back against this element.
“And it needs sorting out or just cancelling altogether.
“It does not represent 90 percent of the population of Britain.
“I’m sick of them trying to make me feel ashamed of being British.”
Someone else urged the Government to make an example of the BBC and close down the corporation.
In the letter coordinated by Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith, a former teacher, the MPs said: “We have been inundated with complaints from constituents on this matter.
“We feel that the hosts need reminding that the B in BBC stands for British and that the comments and attitudes on display towards both our flag and our Queen were inappropriate and also disrespectful.”
The row erupted after Mr Stayt told Mr Jenrick: “I think your flag is not up to standard size government interview…measurements.
“I think it’s just a little bit small. But that’s your department really. Just a thought.”
Mr Stayt added: “You’ll be aware that every time we have… you’ve seen it every day. It’s a stock thing isn’t it.”
Ms Munchetty, having made reference the picture of the Queen once, then added: “Always a flag.
“Had the picture of the Queen there as well though.
“In the Westminster office I’m assuming.”
She turned away in what the Conservative MPs described as “a highly dismissive manner.”
Ms Munchetty has since apologised.
“I liked tweets today that were offensive in nature about the use of the British flag as a backdrop in a government interview this morning,” Ms Munchetty posted on Twitter. “I have since removed these likes.”