Radio 1 DJ taken off air after live spat with co-star in Ibiza

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Radio 1 DJ taken off air after live spat with co-star in Ibiza
Radio 1 DJ taken off air after live spat with co-star in Ibiza

A Radio 1 DJ has been taken off air this week after she interrupted a live broadcast in Ibiza in high spirits.

Presenter Arielle Free, who had DJ’d for the station on Friday and Saturday afternoon, slurred as she spoke to pal Charlie Hedges during her set broadcasting from Ibiza Rocks hotel.

Arielle, 36, was taken off air after less than 45 seconds, during which she told Charlie she “hated” one of the tracks she was playing, and told her she “expected better” from her set. Charlie, 37, cut off her microphone, telling her to “have some respect” and told her to “get out” of her DJ area, while whoops and shouting could be heard in the background.

Arielle had joked she “sounds great” as she approached the mic, prompting Charlie to note she had, indeed, “sounded better”. Arielle - who is not hosting her usual show on the station this week, but is due to return to the airwaves next week - was cut off after 45 seconds on air. The DJs are friends who performed together at the Women’s FA Cup Final in May, but the terse on-air exchange during Saturday evening’s Dance Anthems broadcast prompted lots of discussion from social media users over the weekend.

Radio 1 DJ taken off air after live spat with co-star in Ibiza rriddqixxiqezinvCharlie was forced to take the microphone away from Arielle (Getty Images)
Radio 1 DJ taken off air after live spat with co-star in IbizaThe DJ's had a tense on air exchange during Saturday evening’s Dance Anthems broadcast (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

“This is what happens, you play on Friday night, you play on Saturday day, and your voice just goes,” explained Arielle, adding: “I sound great, don’t I?” At first, Charlie laughed it off, and said: “You’ve sounded better, but it’s OK.” But then Arielle told Charlie: “Can I be honest, I expected better of you.”

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Charlie responded with confusion, asking: “As in, to sound like you?” But Arielle clarified: “I don’t like this song. I hate it.” Charlie had been playing HorsegiirL My Barn, My Rules, which prompted Arielle to scoff of the track: “What are you talking about?” Charlie then interrupted her by saying: “Sorry, I’m taking your mic down. It’s my show, Arielle, have some respect, please. This is Dance Anthems, have some respect, yep, see you later, get out of here.” Whooping and shouting could be heard in the background as Charlie introduced a voice note from a listener “who also likes HorsegiirL.”

A spokesperson for the BBC said: “Whilst we would not comment on individual matters, we have strict codes of behaviour for staff and presenters, and any breaches are taken extremely seriously.”

Arielle, who used to host Love Island podcast The Morning After alongside Kem Cetinay before they were replaced by Sam Thompson and Indiyah Polack, is expected back on air next week.

Radio 1 DJ taken off air after live spat with co-star in IbizaCharlie asked Arielle to have 'some respect' (@charliehedgesdj/Instagram)

After taking Arielle's microphone away, cheering and shouting could be heard in the background before Charlie ultimately told the Scottish DJ to 'get out' of the studio, as listeners reacted while tuning in from home.

After the clip resurfaced on Twitter, several social media users shared their thoughts as one simply wrote: "Embarrassing," while another quipped at the chance of Arielle having 'severe booze fear' after listening back to the segment. "Can't imagine how bad and severe her booze fear is gonna be. That's so cringe hahaha."

FULL TRANSCRIPT

Arielle: "Hello, hello."

Charlie: "Are you okay? I mean, you've sounded better."

Arielle: "Well I mean, you know, this is what happens. You're out Friday night and then you're out Saturday day, and then you lose your voice."

Arielled: "Can I be honest with you Charlie? I expected better of you."

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Charlie: "What as in to sound like the way you do now?".

Arielle: "I don't like this song. I hate this song. What are you doing. Sorry, what are you talking about."

Charlie: "Sorry, I'm taking your mic down. It's my show Arielle, have some respect please. This is Dance Weekend Anthems. Have some respect. See you later, get out of here."

Ashleigh Rainbird

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