02/16/2017 10:16 am ET

BBC Journalist Makes Outrageous Santa Claus Claim, Then Apologizes For 'Fake News'


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BBC journalist Nick Robinson sparked outrage when he suggested on a live radio show Thursday that Santa Claus doesn't exist.

Santa Claus is certain to put BBC journalist Nick Robinson on his naughty list this Christmas.

The BBC Radio 4 “Today” program presenter stunned listeners during Thursday morning’s broadcast by suggesting that the jolly gift-giver doesn’t actually exist.

It’s like learning Father Christmas isn’t real for the first time, isn’t it? I’m still in shock,” Robinson said during a discussion about the station’s long-running drama “The Archers.”

Unsurprisingly, his comment sparked outrage among Twitter users:

Although some of the comments appeared to be from genuinely upset parents or older siblings, there was also a fair amount of faux anger and humor.

Many people suggested that the BBC should issue a spoiler alert next time it decided to break such earth-shattering news.

Robinson took the ribbing in good nature, however, and later debunked his earlier claims on air before apologizing via Twitter for his “fake news.”