Schofield remarked that he had found these names after searching the internet for ‘three minutes’ before handing a piece of paper to the British Prime Minister. However a ‘misjudged camera angle’ allowed some of the names to be viewed by millions of viewers watching at home.
Cameron had early stated he had “heard all sorts of names being bandied around” and then ridiculed the stunt by Scholfield. The PM added, “There is a danger if we are not careful, that this can turn into a sort of witch-hunt, particularly against people who are gay.”
Immediately after the incident Downing Street looked to condemn the ambush and ridiculed the show’s attempt to embarrass the Prime Minister. A spokesman told a media briefing, “We shouldn’t have people just throwing names and allegations around and trail by Twitter. The right way to deal with these matters is to go to the police.”
Schofield also apologised stating, “If any viewer was able to identify anyone listed, I would like to apologise and stress that was never my intention. I was not accusing anyone of anything and it is essential that it is understood that I would never be part of any kind of witch hunt.”
The presenter has been roundly criticised for his efforts by journalists and MPs alike whilst Ofcom has already received dozens of complaints over the stunt too.