Jeremy Vine reported to BBC for 'equality breach' after saying he had 'man flu'

He referred to his 'man flu' while talking about whooping cough and other illnesses common in the Victorian era

Samuel Osborne
Tuesday 22 December 2015 23:12
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Jeremy Vine, 50, hosts his own BBC Radio 2 programme and is also the host of the quiz show Eggheads
Jeremy Vine, 50, hosts his own BBC Radio 2 programme and is also the host of the quiz show Eggheads

The BBC has dismissed a complaint against Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine over his comments about having "man flu".

Mr Vine was reported under the broadcaster's "equality and diversity" code by an offended listener, after he commented to Doctor Sarah Jarvis about his "ailment" on his show on Monday.

He referred to his "man flu" while talking about whooping cough and other illnesses common in the Victorian era.

"Oh great, someone's reported me under the BBC equality and diversity code because I told @DrSarahJarvis yesterday I had man flu," he said in a now-deleted tweet, seen by The Guardian.

A BBC Radio 2 spokesperson said: “Jeremy was clearly making fun of himself, no BBC policies have been breached and the complaint has been dismissed.”

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