This Morning ended today’s episode with a video tribute to Stephen Hawking who has died at the age of 76.
But instead of a voiceover track by the esteemed scientist himself or sombre music like you’d expect, Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass was accidentally played in the background, creating a seriously cringe TV moment.
The inappropriately placed tune – which was heard at the point where the lyrics go: ‘I got all the right junk in all the right places’, suddenly stopped, leaving an awkward silence, before the correct voiceover eventually started.
Here it is:
Viewers quickly turned their attention to Twitter in disbelief, with one person going as far as calling for a ‘moment of silence’ for the ‘person who made the mistake’.
I’m f**king crying this morning just said rip to Stephen Hawking then started playing All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor over the top of pics of him lmfaoo. [sic]
I’m fucking crying this morning just said rip to Stephen hawking then started playing all about that bass by meghan trainor over the top of pics of him lmfaoo
— cinnamon girl (@CHLOC4INA) March 14, 2018
Moment of silence for the person who made this mistake😭 pic.twitter.com/1rjm5ACN48
— Chloe✨ (@chloehuttonv) March 14, 2018
Can’t believe This Morning accidentally played ‘all about that bass’ on their Steven Hawking tribute, sooooo bad
— meg (@megxrem) March 14, 2018
As if @thismorning Just accidentally payed tribute to Stephen hawking with ‘all about that bass’ playing ahahaha
— Phoebe (@Feebae_) March 14, 2018
Omg This Morning just put up a pic of Stephen Hawking and started playing All About That Bass at the ‘Ive got all the right junk in all the right places’ part oh my god
— ♡ lily ♡ (@lilymvy) March 14, 2018
Oh my gawd @thismorning played ‘All About That Bass’ accidentally over their Stephen Hawking tribute. Shouldn’t laugh… Ok I’m laughing 😂 x x x
— Aloha Lola Cards (@AlohaLolaCards) March 14, 2018
oh my god this morning just started playing meghan trainor over a stephen hawking tribute pic.twitter.com/26q0Q0hboD
— Alex Hambis (@alexhambis) March 14, 2018
Nae way did this morning play Meghan Trainor over a Stephen hawking montage pic.twitter.com/JYsK9ozXfT
— Darren Hepburn (@Darrensphere) March 14, 2018
Professor Hawking died peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, in the early hours of Wednesday March 14.
His children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, announced the sad news in a joint statement, which read:
He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.
He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’
We will miss him forever.
Hawking was Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge, whose scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity.
He put forward the theoretical prediction stating black holes emit radiation, which is now often called Hawking radiation.
Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics and was a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
When the theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author was diagnosed in 1963, doctors gave him just two years to live.
The disease kills most of its victims within the first five years, but he defied all odds and continued to live well into the 21st century.
He was in a drug-induced coma in a Geneva hospital at the time and in the 2013 documentary Hawking, he said:
The doctors thought I was so far gone, they offered Jane to turn off the machine. Jane refused to turn it off. She insisted I be flown back to Cambridge.
The weeks of intensive care which followed were the darkest of my life, because every day could be my last.
I have a desire to make the most of every single minute.
What a hero.
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