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BBC News: A prominent BBC News sign language interpreter has been sacked after complaints from deaf people revealed that she was ‘sometimes embellishing, sometimes just making stuff up.’

Leslie Grange, 32, has been a sign language interpreter for seven years. In a statement today she cited ‘personal difficulties – particularly a crushing professional boredom’ as to why, over the past six months, she had started deviating from what was actually being reported, giving deaf viewers an often ‘wildly different version of events’.

“Questions started to be raised around the time of the Japanese earthquake when several viewers emailed us to complain about our reports of radioactive zombies sighted near the nuclear reactor. We dismissed them as some sort of organised hoax.”

“However, when there were similar numbers getting in touch to ask if Rebekah Brooks was really in trouble for raping a monkey, and why the BBC was claiming that, as a special summer treat, the Prime Minister had told the nation’s teenagers they didn’t have to pay for anything any more, we realised something was wrong.”

“I would like to apologise to everyone in the deaf community,” Grange told reporters today, “though when I had Cameron tell Obama “your statesmen-like profile leaves my willy plump” – well, frankly I don’t think that is so very far from the truth.”

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82 Responses

  • Robert

    Sacked She should have been given a medal no point spoiling a good story with the truth.
    Makes a change from the usual doom and gloom and politicians completely out of touch with reality

    January 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm
  • Enter your name...Sharron

    I would disagree with Robert. Anyone making public reference to Cameron’s ‘plump willy’ should face a jail sentence.

    January 13, 2012 at 10:29 am
  • Jim Laird

    Brilliant… I’d marry her tomorrow with a sense of humour like that!!

    January 13, 2012 at 11:42 am
  • Rod

    Give her a programme of her own. I haven’t laughed so much in ages.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm
  • Lovingit!!

    Sharron needs to ger a sense of humour by the look of it. its people like her thats ruining our country!!

    January 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm
  • Lisas

    Sharron “should face a jail sentence”…a wee bit harsh when someone’s just having a laugh…u sound like u have no sense of humour at all! Ok, it was completely unprofessional of her to do it but it didn’t hurt anyone did it…a jail sentence for slagging off Cameron? Really? If that was the case, half the country would be in jail!! Get a life and find a sense of humour!

    January 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • Jimbo James

    I love this woman!
    This is the kind of woman I want too marry!

    January 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm
  • Mr Tree

    Errrrmmm – Lovingit!! & Lisas, it might be worth you actually reading Sharrons email properly.. Her joke was quite obviously wasted on you.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm
  • Paul

    Clearly the BBC should employ someone else to sign properly, and employ Leslie Grange to do her version in subtitles so we can all enjoy it!

    January 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm
  • Lovinit!!

    Okay mr tree, enlighten us to the joke… because i see no joke in her statement.

    January 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm
  • mike

    love the bit about radioactive zombies..so wish it was true

    January 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm
  • Ash

    Agreed with Mr Tree. Because let’s face it, nobody wants to know about Dave’s willy. And if I was running the country, I really would make it an arrestable offence to even reference a boring man’s manpart on national telly.

    But yes, give her a spot on telly. Perhaps she could do “Have I Got News For You” for the hearing impaired? :P

    January 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm
  • Tom Howard

    She can have my body anytime, all I need id the right sign! Aye but will I get it ?

    January 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm
  • Joey Schmidt

    Her version of Have I Got News for You would be way better than the show has been for years! However, it’s a shame when someone can lose their livelihood for a slight unprofessional indiscretion and a ginger tory fundraiser can get away with a wristslap for a criminal act. Double standard Britain folks.

    January 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm
  • Jack

    Hmmmm wasting the tax payers money on arresting or even locking up someone with a sense of humour would be no joke! Yes I understand why the BBC fired her but anything more than would would be stupid!

    January 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm
  • Andy

    at last……..a world in which we can have a right old giggle. Top marks for a real sense of humour….. well done girl!

    January 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm
  • Adam

    She didn’t want deaf people to feel left out with the outlandish lies the rest of us hear in a day. Gotta keep it fair!

    January 14, 2012 at 12:23 am
  • Adam

    She didn’t want deaf people to feel left out with the outlandish lies the rest of us hear in a day. Gotta keep it fair!

    January 14, 2012 at 12:23 am
  • Kat

    Thats brilliant, can she do the normal news instead??? make it more interesting :p

    January 14, 2012 at 1:24 am
  • marie

    haha! I havent laughed so much in ages! She should have been rewarded not sacked! Who wants to listen to the boring news when you could hear about zompies and camrons willy :D

    January 14, 2012 at 2:53 am
  • Natalie

    This is hilarious!! I wish I could understand sign language, might have made the news a bit more cheerful than the normal depressing stuff we here everyday!! She needs to be back on TV with a sense of humor like that :-) Well done Leslie!

    January 14, 2012 at 3:12 am
  • Michael

    “Hmmmm wasting the tax payers money on arresting or even locking up someone with a sense of humour would be no joke! Yes I understand why the BBC fired her but anything more than would would be stupid!”

    I’m starting to worry about the number of people who take the stories on this site seriously…

    January 14, 2012 at 5:09 am
  • No

    I’m pretty sure Sharron was joking….? The point being that Cameron’s plump Willy is enough to give her the boke… Am I right Sharron?

    January 14, 2012 at 11:14 am
  • sindydollxx

    Cameron with a plump willy rofl!! Very much doubt it!! This woman’s a legend!!

    January 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm
  • joanne

    BRILLIANT – what a star she is . . .give her, her own tv show

    January 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm
  • Dodgyknees

    To be serious for a moment this is the BBC news and accuracy and unbiased reporting are very important to its reputation and international respect She didn’t get away with it for long and a speaking news reader would have been silenced almost immediately!

    January 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm
  • bandoo

    Sharron was most definitely was being sarcastic :) I love this girl, I loved it when she was doing it. A few of us actually started watching the news more often just for her. Maybe they will bring her back on a special mock news program for everyone to enjoy, even those of you who can hear.

    January 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm
  • Tommy

    She was sacked for telling lies on the bbc? hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
    Her lies were funny, the bbc, and other MSM’s lies encourage ignorance, corruption, Treason, and the slaughter of innocence!!

    January 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm
  • zenix

    I’m almost tempted to say she should get a jail sentence. Yes it was a laugh but being able to be certain that what the news media tell you is true is incredibly important. Though I suppose, by that logic, you’d also have to lock up most tabloid journalists.

    January 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm
  • Zee

    Good girl…

    you know now she’s been sacked this girl will be a legend, and probabaly a proper celebrity soon. Good on her for having a laugh. Nice to see some folk still have a sense of humour.


    January 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm
  • carlos

    yes give her a late night show. As they speak you could subtitle what she is sighning.

    January 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm
  • Carl

    Radioactive zombies.

    January 15, 2012 at 12:09 am
  • G

    This is brilliant. Sad to see she lost her job at the BBC, but it looks like she has a bright future at the Onion

    January 15, 2012 at 12:26 am
  • Phill Magee

    She is brilliant. Love her excuse of “professional boredom”. And I’d say she wasn’t far off the mark about Rebekah Brooks.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:55 am
  • Frankie

    Good stuff, Radioactive zombies, lol made my day!

    January 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm
  • John

    Since when lying on national TV is a crime?
    If they gonna start firing everyone who lies on TV they gonna have a hard time.

    January 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm
  • CJ

    As far as I can see, every politician in the world lies through their teeth on national TV at election time. Maybe they should all be banned from the BBC too? If anyone out there watching was actually gullible enough not to realise that the “radioactive Zombies” was a joke then frankly they shouldn’t be let out on their own. They probably answer those emails telling them that they’ve been specially chosen to help the widow of a deposed African leader to rescue their millions from the new regime.
    Give her a medal for cheering people up!

    January 15, 2012 at 7:05 pm
  • Lucy

    The only problem I’d have with this (presuming the story is real), is her choice of subjects to make a mockery of. The Japanese earthquake where a lot of people died, and rape (yes it was a joke about a monkey, but who thinks joking about rape is funny?)… not the best topics to make fun of. Had she chosen more general topics, she might have got away with a less severe punishment. Jokes are funny, but only when the topic is funny.

    January 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm
  • Jessica

    Completely agree with the above statement from lisa. Those sort of subjects should not be joked about….but when it comes to the government, well that’s just a joke within itself anyway so why not?!

    January 16, 2012 at 12:20 am
  • Elle

    Lucy’s right, jokes are funny, but only when the topic is funny.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:52 am
  • stevo

    Funny, but I’ve watched BBC News 24 for years and I’ve never seen her. In fact, when they do have sign language on screen, it is ALWAYS on the right hand side of the screen and never on the left as shown above (due to the fact the left side is cropped off on 4×3 shaped screens).
    This is a fake story.

    January 16, 2012 at 1:21 am
  • The Count

    Ha ha ha ha!! Brilliant! Hats off to her!! :-)

    January 16, 2012 at 11:07 am
  • Jay

    Ms Grange should have her own show. I’m sure there is room for her next to Steven Colbert on Comedy Central here in the US..

    January 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm
  • ben

    “Funny, but I’ve watched BBC News 24 for years and I’ve never seen her. In fact, when they do have sign language on screen, it is ALWAYS on the right hand side of the screen and never on the left as shown above (due to the fact the left side is cropped off on 4×3 shaped screens).
    This is a fake story.”

    Not meaning to single just you out Stevo, but *claps* well done.

    Of course this is fake. This is thepoke.co.uk.

    January 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm
  • olga

    As a translator I agree with sacking her, that is incredibly unprofessional. And stating that it was due to professional boredom? are you kidding? drop the job. She had the responsability to inform the deaf community, she might have a sense of humor, I like her sense of humour myself, but this is ridiculous.

    January 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm
  • Alex

    Amazed at all the comments here which are reacting to this as if it were real!

    January 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm
  • Dunnolol

    I can see how maybe it’s a bit unfair cause the deaf community might actually watch the news to hear the news. I’ve got a solution though. Give the woman her own show, simples! I’d watch it.

    January 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm
  • penster

    Wouldnt it be great if that was true?! Oh, and for the people saying its the wrong thing to laugh t? Laughter is the only cure to fear…

    January 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm
  • David

    The comments are funnier than the story! I hope for the sake of mankind the comments are as fake as the story otherwise we should just give up now.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:04 am
  • ScootsNZ

    Are you sure YOU are not being wound up Alex by someone who knows it is fake but is pretending it is real merely to get you to bite?
    Layers under layers under layers…

    January 17, 2012 at 4:59 am
  • Dutchie

    yes! This is indicative of a raise, this lady is BOSS

    January 17, 2012 at 11:47 am
  • nader

    is this inception?

    January 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm
  • Gerry cinnamon

    Reading this on the bus on way to work. Laughed out loud. Amazing

    January 18, 2012 at 8:41 am
  • Nic

    It fooled; France Info, France Soir, Le Parisien, Canal +, RTL… today amongst others, I was woken early by my French company (won’t say who) to cover it!!!! Took me 5 seconds to search out it was a fake, (no other British media coverage!) made me laugh…once I was awake!


    January 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm
  • Ruthie

    I think that it was quite strange and a bit stupid (no offense!)but a good hoax ,sill.

    January 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm
  • Lynore

    Con: Keeps deaf people from knowing what the true news is.
    Pro: Makes the news fun again for people who do understand sign language!

    January 24, 2012 at 1:31 am
  • Tess

    heard this on capital radio this morning, made me crack up def lifted this mornings spirits! hilarious esp the ‘crushing professional boredom’

    January 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm
  • tonelise

    give her a medal for the service to humour and laughter, and for defying “crushing professional boredom”..

    January 25, 2012 at 4:26 am
  • ds

    I think what really gave her away were the signs she started doing for Cameron, Clegg and Milliband…

    January 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm
  • jabblog uk

    She deserves a stand-up comedy slot of her own. Hilarious!

    February 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm
  • Jon

    This would be funnier if it was also true.

    October 11, 2013 at 9:09 am
  • Anna Speddy

    Oh please be true! We need more of this in our lives. News is so depressing and this is is just brilliant. Promote this woman for her creativity. Bravo!

    October 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm
  • ChRiS

    as the mainstream (CNN/BBC and most “national media”) is full of manipulated BS, its morally fair for her to make her own version ;)

    October 12, 2013 at 11:31 am
  • Eugene

    She gives a “wildly different version of events”???
    Get her a job at the Daily Mail.

    October 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm
  • Tom

    Eugene if you were here right now I would high five you so hard

    October 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm
  • jeffrey galzote

    good for a commetted for a intrepert bbc news….

    October 13, 2013 at 4:50 am
  • Andy

    It’s probably closer to the truth than most of the crap BBC puts out

    October 15, 2013 at 9:16 am
  • Helen

    Hilarious! I agree with the comments about the news being too depressing. They only report the bad stuff. No wonder is many people are depressed! That’s the main reason I don’t watch it anymore.
    A little humour is just what the doctor ordered!
    You naughty girl Leslie! :D use your talent for humour and help the world feel better!

    October 15, 2013 at 11:55 am
  • wishmistress

    I so want this to be true, what a delicious story, but it is sadly most definitely a hoax :(

    October 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm
  • Craig

    This isn’t the first incident of a sign language interpreter doing this and citing “crushing boredom” as their justification, which is perhaps more understandable when you take into consideration that the BBC don’t give a crap about their deaf audience, because if they did, they’d cater to them outside of the hours of 1am – 4am.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm
  • JD

    Reminds me of the interpreter for Chelsea when Ranieri was manager who didn’t know a word of Italian and was making it all up! Match of the Day interviews were hilarious!

    October 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm
  • James

    This is one of the best things I’ve ever read.

    October 16, 2013 at 12:13 am
  • jason

    I bet she’s working for the Sun newspaper these days

    October 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm
  • Jesse

    Man.. I love that interpreter. She should win an oscar for that.

    October 16, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    When I was at the BBC we had an Asian guy doing a program on the Radio. All was OK except he was advertising his shop in Urdu and nobody at the BBC knew. He got away with it for months. As to making stuff up, she could always get a job as a Journo with the Daily Mail!

    October 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm
  • pav

    she is goodlike

    October 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm
  • games

    Genuinely when someone doesn’t know then its up to other people
    that they will help, so here it occurs.

    June 8, 2014 at 10:01 am


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