The Match Of The Day host is the Beeb's highest paid star.
He stuck up for the BBC Breakfast presenter after the corporation's director-general overturned ruling saying she had breached their guidelines.
He has presented the show for 32 years and 260 days.
Domestic violence incident at World Tango Championship mocked on flagship BBC Radio 4 show.
"John, I think you’re going to make yourself deeply unpopular today."
The heated debate ended with an argument over the merits of capitalism.
The move came in the wake of the scandal following Carrie Gracie’s resignation as China editor.
But the corporation's annual report reveals the change is mostly down to several men taking pay cuts, rather than women being paid more.
“Course he denied it. The man’s out of control!”
The slip up didn't go unnoticed.