Fiona Bruce reveals behind the scene moment Farage and Soubry walked into same room

Speaking to ITV This Morning, the BBC host claimed the atmosphere was “not hugely warm” when Nigel Farage arrived in the BBC studios and joined Anna Soubry and Amber Rudd backstage before appearing on the historic political show in May. Ms Bruce revealed the panellists were so quiet, Tory MP Amber Rudd asked for some music to be put on. She said: “We had one programme when Nigel Farage came on and Amber Rudd was there.

“Anna Soubry was there, who obviously left the Tory Party and very much wants to Remain.

“So when Nigel Farage came in the atmosphere was not hugely warm, shall we say.

“And usually there’s a bit of a chat, people are talking to their special advisers, chatting to each other.

“Because a lot of these MPs are friends even if they’re not necessarily from the same party.

When Nigel Farage came in the atmosphere was not hugely warm, shall we say

Fiona Bruce

“But the atmosphere was so quiet that Amber Rudd at one point said ‘Shall we put some music on?’

“Because nobody was talking.”

The BBC host also spoke about a time when Jacob Rees-Mogg MP appeared on the panel.

“There was another time when, and this was before my tenure but it’s such a great story,” Ms Bruce divulged.

“Jacob Rees-Mogg came on, of course now, famous for many things if not lying across the benches in the House of Commons, and this was before he was as well known as a member of the European Research Group and a seated position in the government.

“And rather than chatting with everybody [the other panellists] he sort of kept himself to himself, took a novel, an Agatha Christie novel out of his pocket, no doubt double-breasted, read it and then the film manager said ‘We’re going to go on now’, put it back in and went on the programme!” she concluded.

As Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield fell about laughing, Fiona stated in response to the politician’s behaviour: “What a nerve!”

“That’s fantastic,” Phillip remarked as Holly added: “What a great story!”

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The BBC host also reminisced on the very first time she hosted Question Time and said how “terrified” she was.

“I’m used to doing lots of live broadcasting and I’ve done some reasonably challenging things over the years, but when I did my first Question Time, there was a moment just in the first few seconds where I thought ‘I’ll just reach for that glass of water in front of me’ and my hand was trembling!”, she explained.

“I just thought ‘get a grip or this whole thing is going to go terribly wrong.’”

BBC Question Time will see Brexit Party Chairman Richard Tice set for a showdown with ardent Remainer’s including Ian Blackford, leader of the SNP at Westminster, Emily Thornberry, shadow foreign secretary and Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran.

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