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Stephen Nolan offers running video commentary on studio chair debacle

The video showing Stephen Nolan trapped in his own studio hit Twitter on Friday

HAVING made headlines last year when he had to be rescued from the Mourne Mountains during a hike, BBC presenter Stephen Nolan has now told how he came a cropper without even standing up.

The Belfast-born broadcaster became trapped in his own studio on Friday after accidentally wedging the back of his seat onto the door handle while filming a Facebook video for his 5Live show.

The entire incident was captured on camera, with the increasingly exasperated Nolan providing a running commentary on his efforts to extricate himself – as 5Live bosses held a meeting in the next room.

"This is the kind of thing that, unless I was videoing it, you just wouldn't believe," he said during the 35-minute ordeal, which was eventually resolved without the need for rescue teams when Nolan finally managed to wrestle his chair free.

5Live later posted the video on Twitter under the title 'Stephen Nolan: Chairgate', where it attracted typically sympathetic comments such as "HaHa, You are bigger than a small town in Asia".  

After re-tweeting the video via his own account, one follower described the radio and TV host as "a fekin numpty" – to which Nolan offered the reply "Agreed".

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