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Simon McCoy has blessed us all on this here day, by finally explaining what he was doing with that ream of paper on BBC News.

For the lucky folk who haven’t been plagued by this question for nine (NINE!) years, in 2013 Simon decided to read the headlines on BBC News while inexplicably clutching a full ream of photocopier paper.

Our brains were befuddled and have stayed that way for almost a decade wondering what on earth he was thinking.

Now that he’s left the BBC, he finally explained to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning that it was all down to a prank he liked to play on his co-hosts.

‘Oh gosh, I’ve left the BBC so alright,’ Simon began.

‘What I used to do sometimes, if it was quiet, was put a piece of paper on the autocue in front of the camera so my colleague had a blank screen in front of them.’

‘Oh my god don’t get any ideas,’ Holly told a shocked Phil, as he added: ‘This is the news!’

‘I was saying to the floor manager just before the headlines, “Give me some paper,” but I hadn’t realised that actually I was reading the headlines so he hands me this paper, I’m about to take a piece out and – “You’re on. 3,2…”

‘What do you do? It’s a glass floor, I can’t drop it,’ Simon reasoned.

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Well there you have it. How many other presenting duos are going to try this now?

Simon presented at the BBC for 17 years before leaving for GB News. He then left the new broadcaster in December.

The conversation came after the BBC was forced to apologise this week after its news ticker declared some rather strange messages, including: ‘Manchester United are rubbish’.

A presenter addressed the moment on-screen, hoping not to have ‘offended’ any Manchester United fans. 

She said: ‘Just while we’re on the subject of football, a little earlier, some of you may have noticed something pretty unusual on the ticker, that runs along the bottom of the screen with news, making a comment about Manchester United. 

‘I hope that Manchester United fans weren’t offended by it, let me just explain what was happening.’

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She went on to explain the cause, adding: ‘Behind the scenes, someone was training how to use the ticker and how to put text on the ticker. They were just writing random things, not in earnest, that comment appeared

‘So apologies if you saw that and you were offended and you are a fan of Manchester United.

‘But certainly, that was a mistake and it wasn’t meant to be on the screen, that was what happened. We just thought we better explain that to you.’

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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