Jimmy White has apologised after he was heard swearing live on air during Eurosport’s coverage of the World Snooker Championship on Friday.
White was on punditry duty during the Semi-Final clash between Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins at The Crucible, but was seemingly caught unawares shortly before the studio cut back to commentary ahead of the next frame.
White was heard ranting: “I can’t work under these f***ing conditions”, and though it remains unclear as to the specific conditions he was referring to, the clip quickly went viral on social media.
An on-air apology was issued on White’s behalf, and ‘The Whirlwind’ later took to Twitter to add: ‘Evening all. I wanted to offer my sincerest apologies for my unacceptable language earlier today and for any offence caused.
‘Hope this didn’t affect anyone’s enjoyment of the coverage and can continue to look forward to an exciting last few days.’
Eurosport’s snooker presenter Radzi Chinyanganya tweeted: ‘You should never meet your heroes, UNLESS it’s Jimmy White – the man is a legend.’
Six-time world finalist White will celebrate his 60th birthday on Monday – the day the tournament draws to a close in Sheffield.
Jimmy you’re still on air ? pic.twitter.com/L0XRZJT0Lw
— Out Of Context Snooker (@OOCSnooker) April 29, 2022