GB News viewers were thoroughly entertained yesterday when a prankster trolled the presenter with emails from ‘Mike Hunt’ and Mike Oxlong’.
This week, brand new British television news channel GB News officially launched. However, the ‘right-of-centre’ 24-hour channel has already been met with a bit of backlash.
On Tuesday, several brands including Kopparberg, Nivea and drinks company Grolsch have all temporarily suspended their advertising from the channel until they review its content further.
The channel is also being roasted online after it was hit with an old-school prank. If you missed it, here’s what happened…
GB News trolled with ‘Mike Hunt’ and ‘Mike Oxlong’ prank
Every day, GB News has been taking emails and call-ins from the public on various topics, and some viewers took this as the perfect opportunity to prank the brand new news channel.
On Tuesday, one of the channel’s presenters, Michelle Dewbury, read out an email from someone arguing that they don’t think kids need expensive toys and should embrace the outdoors instead.
But, it was the name of the e-mailer that caught everyone’s attention. The email about kids’ toys was from someone called ‘Mike Hunt’.
Then, things got even funnier.
A little later on in the day, former Brexit Party MEP Alexandra Phillips read out a message from someone called ‘Mike Oxlong’. Coincidence? I think not.
If you’re confused, just read the two names a few times over. Hint: It sounds like something sexual.
Twitter reacts to the GB News prank
It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book, and the GB News presenter certainly fell for it.
I mean, there must be some real people called ‘Mike Hunt’ and ‘Mike Oxlong’ in the world, but viewers are pretty certain that it was a prank, and they’ve been taking to Twitter to react to it.
One person wrote: “Nearly wet myself laughing when I found out GB News presenters have been trolled by people writing in claiming to be Mike Hunt and Mike Oxlong!”
“GB News fell for the Mike Hunt gag, really?🤣🤣🤣🤣” said another.
A third person added: “GB news is having a stella first week… Mike Hunt and Mike Oxlong finally able to get there points across is the humanitarian good news story we all needed.”
“If you can prove it was you who called into GB News as either Mike Hunt or Mike Oxlong, I will buy you a pint, you absolute f***ing legend,” tweeted another.
Sorry GB News, you’ll never live this one down!