Victoria Derbyshire sorry for ‘breaking Rule of Six at Christmas’ remark

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Victoria Derbyshire has apologised for comments she made saying she would "break the Rule of Six" to have her family of seven together this Christmas.

The presenter, whose Bafta-winning current affairs show on the BBC was axed in March amid cuts, tweeted to say "it was hypothetical" but added: "However I was totally wrong to say it & I'm sorry."

She added: "We'll of course continue to follow whatever rules are in place on Dec 25th".

The 52-year-old had told Radio Times, when asked what she would do if things have not changed by Christmas: "If the Rule of Six is still in place at Christmas, we're breaking it to have the rule of seven. We just are.

"Joining me, my husband and our two boys will be my mum, her partner and my husband's dad.

"It's fine. We'll do it knowing what the risks are. We're not stupid.

"We're going to be sensible and buy a thermometer gun. But we have to be together at Christmas.

"It feels almost irresponsible saying that, but I don't think we're alone in feeling that way.

"We need to see my elderly mum and my husband's elderly dad. We just do."

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 26: Presenter Victoria Derbyshire hosts "How Should I Vote? - The EU Debate" at The Briggait on May 26, 2016 in Glasgow. The BBC's first televised EU referendum debate was held in Glasgow in front of an audience of eighteen to twenty nine year olds and a panel of SNP's Alex Salmond and Labour's Alan Johnson backing staying in the EU while UKIP MEP Diane James and Conservative Liam Fox arguing to leave. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 26: Presenter Victoria Derbyshire hosts "How Should I Vote? - The EU Debate" at The Briggait on May 26, 2016 in Glasgow. The BBC's first televised EU referendum debate was held in Glasgow in front of an audience of eighteen to twenty nine year olds and a panel of SNP's Alex Salmond and Labour's Alan Johnson backing staying in the EU while UKIP MEP Diane James and Conservative Liam Fox arguing to leave. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 28: Victoria Derbyshire attends the Paddy Power Political Book Awards at BFI IMAX on January 28, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
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Victoria Derbyshire with her Speech Broadcaster of the Year award, at the Sony Radio Academy Awards, at the Grosvenor House hotel in central London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: (L to R) Louisa Compton, Victoria Derbyshire and Jo Adnitt, winners of the News Coverage award, pose in the Winner's room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Melanie Sykes, Victoria Derbyshire and Lisa Snowdon attend the Future Dreams "Make Your Mark" ladies lunch at The Savoy Hotel on October 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Presenter Victoria Derbyshire (centre) and the Winners of Best News Coverage for the Rohingya Crisis Ashish Joshi (left) Martin Smith, Alex Crawford and Neville Lazarus (right) pose in the press room at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Victoria Derbyshire, winner of the News Coverage award, poses in the Winner's room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Derbyshire and her husband Mark have two sons, Oliver, 16, and Joe, 13.

Asked whether she is missing visiting antiques fairs, one of her favourite pastimes, during lockdown, she replied: "No, what I've missed most is having loads of people round my house and seeing family.

"My mum lives in Bolton, I live in London, so I've not been able to see her much.

"We do Zoom calls every Saturday, but that's it. It's mad."

Derbyshire's show began in 2015 and was broadcast live on BBC Two and the BBC News channel every weekday from 10am.

She discovered that it was being axed as part of a string of cuts when it was reported in a newspaper before the official announcement was made in January this year.

The programme won a Bafta in 2017 and has been nominated for several awards, including the RTS presenter prize.

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