Viewers have asked the BBC to reinstate Emily Maitlis after she was absent from Newsnight on Wednesday, May 27th.

The BBC has issued a statement shortly after Emily Maitlis’s remarks on Newsnight about Dominic Cummings.

The presenter said that “the country can see” Cummings had “broken the rules” after which the broadcaster released an article, saying that their journalists have been “reminded of the impartiality guidelines” when they report on stories like these.

However, viewers have now launched a petition, asking the BBC to bring back Emily on Newsnight.

Emily Maitlis on BBC Newsnight

What did Emily Maitlis exactly say?

On Tuesday’s (May 26th) episode, Emily discussed Dominic Cummings and how he recently broke down the lockdown rules. She said:

“Dominic Cummings broke the rules, the country can see that, and it’s a shock the Government cannot. The longer ministers and the Prime Minister tell us he worked within them, the more angry the response to this scandal is likely to be.”

She continued: “He made those who struggled to keep to the rules feel like fools, and has allowed many more to assume they can now flout them.

“The Prime Minister knows all this, but despite the resignation of one minister, growing unease from his backbenchers, a dramatic early warning from the polls, and a deep national disquiet, Boris Johnson has chosen to ignore it.”

Why was Emily Maitlis absent from Newsnight?

Emily was replaced by her colleague Katie Razzall on Wednesday (May 27th) which prompted viewers to wonder whether her absence has anything to do with her comments about Dominic Cummings.

Some viewers have been curious whether it was the BBC who asked her to not appear on Newsnight.

However, Emily has denied those claims and said that she’d taken “the night off”.

See Emily’s tweet below where she explains why she was absent from Newsnight.

Emily Maitlis: Petition

Viewers at home have now taken to social media to ask the BBC to bring Emily back on Newsnight.

The petition called “Reinstate Emily Maitlis” has received more than 66,000 signatures on change.org. This figure is correct at the time of publication.

The petitioner ‘K Baldwin’ has said that “Emily Maitlis spoke for people in the UK” and asked to “not silence those brave women and men who choose not to stand by while terrible things happen”. 

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