BBC Breakfasts Carol Kirkwood takes swipe at co-host after cheeky age jibe

Discussing a woman’s age on live television is dangerous territory for any man, but presenter Charlie Stayt seemed to confidently over-step the mark, as he made a cheeky jibe at weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood.

On Thursday morning’s episode of BBC Breakfast, presenters Charlie and Naga Munchetty paid a special tribute to US astronaut Michael Collins who passed away aged 90.

Michael was involved in the incredible Apollo 11 mission to the moon, 52 years ago.

While presenters Charlie, 58 and Naga, 46, discussed the legend’s honourable achievements, Charlie couldn’t help but turn to Carol and make a cheeky jibe about her age as he introduced the weather.

Discussing the late astronaut's life, Charlie said: "What an amazing life in terms of achievement and a moment in time, that really is something."

Naga added: "People had really good things to say about him, those who came across him, too.''

Due to being alive when the Apollo 11 mission to the moon took place, breakfast host Charlie continued to fondly speak of the memories he had as a boy.

While in jovial spirits, Charlie turned to Carol, 58, and said: "Well if you’re of a certain age…Carol I’m allowed to say that to you."

"That moment in time was quite extraordinary," he joked.

As the breakfast presenters giggled, weather-forecaster Carol was having none of it and responded to Charlie with haste.

Carol quipped: "Something we’ll always remember. I class you in the same bracket as me for a very good reason."

As the convention gradually became more awkward, Carol went on to discuss the weather.

During the programme, presenters Charlie and Naga spoke to astrophysicist Dr Becky Smethurst who also paid her respects to the late astronaut.

Dr Becky explained that Micheal’s achievements were often forgotten as he remained on the ship while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon.

She said: "Without him the mission wouldn’t have been a success, you can’t travel all the way to the moon with all the oxygen supplies you need and all of the life support for the astronauts and then land on the moon with that gear."

The astrophysicist added: "Someone had to stay with the ship and that was Michael Collins. He stayed aboard 21 hours completely alone and half of that time was around the far side of the moon, he wasn’t in contact with NASA, mission control on Earth, he was completely isolated.

"That seems like a sacrifice to me, of course he was grateful for his seat to be aboard, he was one of 50 astronauts chosen for that. He was incredibly grateful for the experience he got to have but can you imagine going all that way and just being able to watch it unfold rather than take part."

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