Published on Mar 9, 2012
This is the snooze: BBC Breakfast news presenter 'caught napping at his desk' during live bulletin
It is Friday, the end of a long and tiring week for all of us. And especially it seems for the BBC's Simon McCoy.
Millions of viewers woke up with a laugh this morning as they tuned into the BBC Breakfast show - and found the newsreader apparently asleep on his desk.
The 50-year-old looked like he was caught napping as cameras panned to the presenter ahead of his early broadcast - a claim he later joked about.
Mr McCoy was seen clearly resting his head on his arms as he slumped over his desk moments before delivering a bulletin with co-host Martine Croxall.
As soon as he realised he was live on television, Mr McCoy looked stunned and bleary-eyed as he jumped up and tried to regain his composure.
But viewers took to Twitter to remark on the hilarious gaffe just before 8.30am.
One user, called Vikki B, said: 'Did I just imagine that? £bbcnews cuts to the news desk and fella is asleep on the desk and jumps up in shock! Haha.'
Ismat Abidi added: 'Never fall asleep at your desk, especially when you're a news anchor.'
And Hannah Lindley said: 'Hahahah just showed the local news and he was asleep on the desk!'
BBC bosses said the journalist was 'caught unawares' as the cameras moved from the studio where regular sofa presenters Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt had been quizzing guests.
On Twitter, Mr McCoy later denied falling asleep and said: 'It was a long desk head-banging that wasn't meant to be picked up in the BBC1 opt!!'