Boris Johnson was forced to field some tricky questions as he kicked off his TalkTV debut with Tom Newton.
The prime minister looked to court viewers on the newly-launched channel – already compared to GB News and Fox News by viewers – ahead of the local elections.
But he was confronted with some tasty questions.
The PM was asked if he referred to the rebel Tory, who submitted a letter of no confidence in the prime minister, as “that c*** Ellwood”.
“No,” Mr Johnson said, rebuffing the suggestion during an interview with Newton.
“Let me just remind you of my golden rule: I think as a politician and as prime minister, you’re better off talking about the things people want you to do and want you to fix.”