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Naughtie sorry for Jenner slip-up

Published 03/06/2015

Today presenter James Naughtie admitted he had been 'a bit sloppy'
Today presenter James Naughtie admitted he had been 'a bit sloppy'

Veteran broadcaster James Naughtie has apologised after referring to Caitlyn Jenner as "he" during a discussion on Radio 4's flagship Today programme.

The American celebrity formerly known as Bruce made her debut as a transgender woman called Caitlyn in Vanity Fair earlier this week.

In just four hours she had gained a million followers on Twitter as images of the front cover photoshoot by Annie Leibovitz - showing long-haired Jenner in a strapless corset, legs crossed, sitting on a stool - went viral.

Jenner has previously talked of preferring the use of "he" but tweeted: "'I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me.''

During a discussion on Today, Naughtie said: "Now, this is complicated. He used to be called Bruce but he's now a woman. I realise some of you will never have heard of Kim Kardashian, let alone her stepfather, who was Bruce and is now a woman but, anyway, they are very well known on television."

He added: "There's not a million people going on because they are interested in discussing transgender issues, surely. They are on it because he/she is a celebrity."

Naughtie was criticised on Twitter for referring to Jenner as he.

Fat Jacques wrote: "Can someone explain to Jim Naughtie what mis-gendering is. He did it to Caitlyn Janner several times this morning."

Catherine tweeted "not heard reporting that bad about a trans person in a long time" while Deptford Dame wrote: "James Naughtie struggling a bit on BBC Radio 4 Today with his transgender references. Need to try harder than 'he/she' Jim!"

Naughtie later apologised, writing: "If Caitlyn Jenner wishes to be known as she, of course she's entitled to that, and I'm sorry for saying 'he' on air. A bit sloppy."

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