Comedian and radio presenter Tom Binns has apologised to his wife after making a personal matter between her and broadcaster Simon Bates public.
Tom Binns, the man behind Ivan Brackenbury, was talking about Simon Bates’ new show on BBC Radio Devon on his latest podcast when he ‘found’ an email exchange between his wife and Bates from when the two worked together at Smooth Radio.
Tom read out the email in which his wife, Liesl Soards, told Simon she had arranged cover for her job as his producer whilst she took time off to spend with her mother who had cancer.
Tom then called Simon Bates “as focused as a c***” for the reply he sent back to her.
When contacted by RadioToday about the podcast, Tom said: “I’d like to apologise to my wife for talking about a private matter in my podcast. She is a very talented and creative producer and unlike me she has an incredible capacity to rise above things like this and did not wish me to make this public.
“I would also like to apologise for using the word c**t in relation to Simon Bates. It was a totally unnecessary thing to say, as anyone who has read or heard his reaction to my wife taking a few days holiday to spend time with her dying mother would have naturally come to that conclusion themselves.”
We asked Simon Bates for a comment but he said he hadn’t heard the podcast.
You can hear the podcast in full below (if you are easily offended, we suggest you don’t listen):