Michael Gove spends more than half an hour stuck in an elevator in the BBC during a round of interviews … and jokes that many people wanted him to stay longer
- Michael Gove got stuck in the BBC elevator for half an hour during the interview
- The cabinet minister joked that many people would like him to stay longer
- Mr Gove said he had finally been “settled” in connection with his cabinet title
Michael Gove saw the funny page today after spending more than half an hour stuck in an elevator at the BBC during a round of talks.
The balancing minister joked that many people wanted him to be ‘imprisoned’ longer after he was finally released in the corporation’s studies.
Mr Gove was due to appear in a key slot at 8:10 on Today’s Radio 4, but speakers revealed that he was delayed by a equipment failure.
BBC staff tweeted photos of the unfortunate situation and compared it to a scene from the W1A sitcom.
“After more than half an hour in the elevator, you successfully leveled me,” Mr. Gove joked as he finally got into the air.
BBC staff tweeted photos of the unfortunate situation and compared it to a scene from the W1A sitcom
Mr. Gove in the middle of a round of broadcast conversations when he was delayed by a equipment failure
Earlier, Today’s presenter Nick Robinson told the audience: “This morning we had the latest news that W1A is not really a satirical program because we were hoping to talk to Michael Gove – you may have hoped to hear from Michael Gove this time around.
“He came very kindly to the building, so we didn’t have to deal with one of those annoying line outages.
“Mr. Gove is stuck in the elevator of Broadcasting House.” I wish I could say it’s a joke, it’s not a joke and it’s not very funny for Mr. Gove and the security men who have been stuck there for a while. “
But Robinson said Mr Gove was ‘still cheerful’.
When he surfaced, Mr. Gove said, “Things like that happen, and if you and I put ammunition together for Armando Iannucci or another W1A episode, then fine.”
He said the #FreeMichaelGove hashtag was launched on Twitter, the cabinet minister said he suspected there were “more people” who felt he should be “imprisoned longer.”
Mr Gove later revealed that he had sent an SMS to BBC President Richard Sharp to be released from the elevator.
Speaking at LBC, Mr Gove said: “I am speaking to you at BBC New Broadcasting House, but in a scene that seems more appropriate to The Thick Of It or W1A, I was imprisoned in the BBC elevator for half an hour. between 7:45 and 8:15.
“But thanks to the good services of the Today program and also because I wrote an SMS to the BBC President, I was released.”
He added: “He made sure a team of crack technicians was sent. As someone pointed out, even though we had to wait half an hour, I was finally settled. “
He said it was “very good advice, both in terms of health and safety,” to come out of the building on the stairs.