Ben Shephard sparks uproar on Tipping Point with fake Scottish accent ‘Really grating’

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The Good Morning Britain presenter returned to Tipping Point on Wednesday for another round of fiendish trivia on ITV. Unfortunately, Ben Shephard’s hosting abilities were called into question on Twitter after Scottish viewers caught wind of his woeful accent attempts.

Fans flocked to Twitter on Wednesday to slam Shephard’s pronunciation of some iconic Scottish names.

Contestants were asked from which country Oor Wullie and The Broons originated.

The host’s attempt at a Scottish accent was clearly unsuccessful as the player guessed they may have come from Wales. 

Sadly, their instinct proved unfounded as the Sunday Post characters were created in Scotland in 1936.

Shepherd gave the pronunciation one more try, giving the names a slightly more Scottish cadence. 

The audience clearly weren’t impressed by his attempts and several viewers vented their fury on Twitter. 

One viewer with the username EFM wrote sarcastically: “Wonderful pronunciation by @benshephard in @TippingPointITV pronouncing “Oor Wullie”as “Oar Willie”.

“At least he didn’t call The Broons – “The Browns” !!”

While JRF said: “@benshephard trying to say the word “Oor” in relation to “Oor Wullie” on @TippingPointITV is one of the funniest things I’ve heard in a while.

“The lack of knowledge English people have in Scottish general knowledge is also frightening! Oor Wullie and the Broons – Welsh?” 

And Mariann added: “Hearing English folk murdering Scots is really grating. Ben trying to say oor and broons. God. Please don’t.”

Shephard may have been trying to stay as authentic as possible, but most viewers would clearly prefer the English host sticks to his own accent next time.

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Other viewers have even blasted the show’s contestants for failing to correctly identify the Scottish names.

Twitter user Steve Lowe wrote: “Oor Wullie and The Broons – do these sound remotely Welsh to you?”

And @MrsAstronaut said: “My husband was watching Tipping Point today and he told me the contestants didn’t know what country in the UK The Broons or Oor Wullie are from.”

And Phryne Dhanoon joked: “F****n’ ‘ell… I wonder where they think Tunnocks are made.”

For viewers who are still confused, Oor is pronounced ooh-er, with Wullie rhyming with gully, not silly. 

Tipping Point presenter Shephard has recently returned to the show after the 46-year-old took a break after sustaining a knee injury.

He is now well on his way to recovery, having posted a snap of his first park run on Instagram 11 weeks after his operation.

Tipping Point airs weekdays at 4pm on ITV.

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