ITV presenter Emma Lee has sparked an investigation, following insensitive remarks she made about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, live on air.
Emma made the comments during a presenting slot on ‘Jackpot 247’, immediately after a broadcast of ‘United 93’, which tells the story of those who lost their lives on the hijacked plane which was shot down on 11 September 2001.
Making light of the film, she opened the show with: “Thank you for coming in for an emergency landing."
Warming to her theme, she continued the plane references, adding: “Brace yourselves, it's going to be good.
"We hope you enjoyed the movie there on ITV. Now it's time for you to sit tight.”
‘Jackpot 247’ has now issued a statement, apologising for her comments, which sparked dozens of complaints.
They said: “‘Jackpot 247’ would like to apologise unreservedly for the comment made during our live broadcast on Saturday evening.
"The presenter hadn’t realised the content of the preceding film and apologised on air as soon as she was made aware. She has asked us to repeat her sincere regret.
"’Jackpot 247’ takes incidents of this nature very seriously and has instigated new measures and guidelines to its team to avoid anything similar in the future.”
Emma’s husband Tim Dixon has also taken to Twitter to reveal that she had been told by producers to reference an aeroplane-themed film, but hadn’t been told which one had been shown.
“She had absolutely no idea what the movie was - and meant no offence. She is absolutely mortified.”