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Fearne Cotton sorry for swearing live on Radio 1

Presenter Fearne Cotton has apologised to listeners after a microphone was left on during her Radio 1 show and picked up swearing. The mid-morning DJ was hosting a Christmas party edition of her Live Lounge with guests who included Ricky Gervais and Jamie Oliver.

But the production team accidentally failed to fade out the mic while playing Wizzard's I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, allowing banter to be heard over the music.

Fearne Cotton apologised for swearing on air. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

She said: "We might have heard some bad language on the radio because one of the mics was still faded up, in the kitchen."

She came on air to apologise shortly after the track had aired, to say sorry to listeners and viewers watching the programme online and on the BBC's red button service.