Sky News presenter clarifies ‘old horny goat’ remark to speechless co-star after criticism

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Sky News presenter Niall Paterson made the quip following a segment about farm animals roaming the empty streets, during the coronavirus pandemic. He was introducing his co-star Isobel Lang at the time.

Ahead of the remark, Niall had been talking about the end of lockdown and how it would affect some animals who have been free to wander.

He explained that they’d been exploring deserted town centres during the coronavirus pandemic and were unprepared to face the impending changes.

“…Sparking concerns that as restrictions ease the animals who are quite clearly used to having the streets to themselves might be in danger as traffic builds,” he said at the end of the segment, which showed goats doing just that.

“Good luck to them. Time for the weather,” Niall said as he turned his attention to Isobel.

“As we move from one old horny goat to the greatest of all time,” the presenter said to the weather reporter.

“Yeah, you see what I did there?” he added.

The acronym GOAT is commonly used to abbreviate greatest of all time.

“Isobel is standing by with the details of the weather. How’s it looking?” he went on to ask.

Following the remark, the clearly surprised presenter was left aghast with her mouth hanging open.

“Speechless,” she finally uttered, before delivering the weather segment like a true professional.

“Uh, weather-wise it’s lovely for some.

“Let’s take a look, Niall, thank you,” she continued.

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Some viewers were disappointed with the link and misunderstood what he had said.

“@skynewsniall not your finest of links this morning fella, especially with the atmosphere over women in the workplace. What was it…?

“‘From one horny goat to…. the weather’. The poor lass looked speechless,” one social media user remarked.

“Rewind and listen again,” Niall replied on Twitter, in view of his 35,800 followers.

“@skynewsniall refers to a female weather presenter as a ‘horny old goat’ on #skynews.

“Jaw. Hanging. Open,” another person tweeted.

“No, I literally referred to me as horny old goat and her as the Greatest Of All Time. GOAT,” he explained .

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