BBC chiefs told pundit Reanne Evans to leave a studio when her snooker player ex said she was a “distraction”.
The women’s world snooker champ was set to go live from the practice area when Mark Allen complained at the Crucible.
Evans reluctantly agreed to leave after talks between World Snooker Tour officials at the Betfred World Snooker Championship and her producers.
Evans, 35 — battling Allen over maintenance for their daughter, 14 — was said to be “embarrassed” by the episode.
The BBC said: “For the sake of ten minutes, Reanne left the players’ practice room so Mark Allen could practise before his match without distraction upon his request.
"Her broadcast commitments weren’t affected.”
Northern Irish potter Allen, 35, ranked world No13, made his plea before his first-round win in Sheffield over China’s Lyu Haotian.
He said: “There have been several cases of players asking for people to be removed when they’re practising ahead of a match.
"I’m not sure why there is a fuss about this one.”
The WST, which has jurisdiction over the practice room, declined to comment.
Allen went out of the competition on Monday.
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