GB News presenter says he will stand by Dan Wootton: If he falls, we all fall

Presenter Dan Wootton has been suspended by GB News (Gemma Gravett/GB News/PA)
Presenter Dan Wootton has been suspended by GB News (Gemma Gravett/GB News/PA)

GB News presenter Reverend Calvin Robinson has said he will not appear on Dan Wootton’s show without the suspended presenter, saying: “If he falls, we all fall.”

Wootton and actor-turned-politician Laurence Fox have both been suspended from the channel after Fox made a series of remarks about political correspondent Ava Evans, which included asking “who would want to shag that?” during a discussion on Dan Wootton Tonight on Tuesday.

On Friday morning, GB News boss Angelos Frangopoulos apologised to Ms Evans for the comments stating they “should not have gone to air” and should have been “properly challenged” by Wootton.

Fox and Wootton have since apologised and GB News is undertaking an internal investigation while regulator Ofcom has launched a probe after receiving around 7,300 complaints over the episode.

Addressing the situation on X, formerly known as Twitter, Rev Robinson wrote: “I will not be appearing on Dan Wootton Tonight without Dan Wootton. Dan Wootton had a significant part to play in building GB News.

“He invited me along pre-launch, he also brought so many people onboard. Behind the cameras as well as on-screen talent.

“Including the careerist ambitious ones who are currently gunning for his job. These people are worse than the woke mob, because these vultures are giving the mob ammunition and essentially escalating the channel’s demise.”

The deacon, who hosts a religious current affairs programme on the channel, said GB News will be on “borrowed time” if it does not stand by Wootton.

“I get that people have to pay the bills. But GB News is more than a job – it’s certainly more than a chance to be on the telly – it is a mission,” he continued.

“An opportunity to shift the dial in public discourse. To have the conversations the shills on other channels cannot or will not have. We must do all we can to avoid GB News becoming just another MSM outlet. Which it will, if we let it.”

He claimed that the bosses of GB News are “afraid” and that if someone takes Wootton’s slot it will not to be a promotion, but “making space alongside his corpse for your own”.

Rev Robinson added: “Standing up for Dan is standing up for the very idea of GB News. If he falls, we all fall.

“We are about to see if people really care about the project, or they just want a better slot, with a bigger team and better pay.”

MailOnline announced on Thursday that it had terminated its contract with Wootton, who was a columnist for the site.

Wootton has since apologised to Ms Evans, suggesting he should have intervened during the broadcast, while Fox said he was “sorry for demeaning” the journalist.