Watch: BBC Breakfast host Jon Kay hit by bird poo live on air
The 52-year-old TV presenter - who only took over from Dan Walker as co-host of the morning show at the beginning of July - was broadcasting live from outdoors in Cambridge wearing a beige linen suit as he reported on the UK's record heatwave.
Kay asked weather presenter Carol Kirkwood: "Carol, have you got any tips for removing bird poo from linen jackets? Because I’ve just been splatted by a pigeon…"
The 59-year-old meteorologist laughed as she suggested: "Try one of these wet wipes things, it might spread it a wee bit, but if you use a few…"
As he dabbed hesitantly at his jacked collar, he said: "It could get messy couldn’t it? I’m slightly anxious about doing this. I’ve also got another jacket – maybe we’ll go for that option for now and hit the the dry cleaners a bit later."
He added: “I’m going off to dab my jacket and will try get that sorted, in the meantime, I’m just glad it wasn’t a swan, to be honest, it was just a pigeon.”
From the studio, presenter Nina Warhurst pointed out that being struck by bird excrement is considered to be good luck, although she conceded that for Kay it might not feel like it.
When he next appeared on screen Kay had changed into a black suit jacket.
The TV presenter may be due a run of good luck.
Alongside a picture of his positive test, Kay wrote on Twitter: "Aaaagh! Finally got me Gutted not to be able to start the new job officially @BBCBreakfast on Monday."
Walker responded: "Oh no Jon! Hope you feel ok".
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