Channel 4 has replaced Boris Johnson with a melting ice sculpture in tonight’s debate on climate change.
The broadcaster confirmed that the PM would be replaced with the monument as he is not taking part in the party leaders’ discussion which started at 7pm.
An ice installation has also taken the place of Nigel Farage, who is also not taking part in the debate.
Channel 4 tweeted: “These two ice sculptures – which represent the emergency on planet earth – will take the place of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage tonight after they declined our invitation to attend a party leaders’ climate debate”..
Michael Gove arrived at the Channel 4 studio tonight – but bosses refused to let him debate in Mr Johnson’s place.
Stanley Johnson, the PM’s dad who attended last month’s Extinction Rebellion protests, also tried to “argue…into a programme only for leaders”, according to Channel 4 news editor Ben de Pear.
The hour-long Emergency On Planet Earth debate is due to feature Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson, Ms Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru’s Adam Price and Green co-leader Sian Berry.
Mr de Pear said: “These two ice sculptures represent the emergency on planet earth, not in any human form but are a visual metaphor for the Conservative & Brexit parties after their leaders declined our repeated invitations to attend tonight’s vital climate debate.”
Tonight, it was reported that the Conservative Party is threatening to review Channel 4’s public service broadcasting licence after the decision to replace the PM with the ice.
A Conservative source said ”If we are re-elected we will have ago review Channel 4’s public services broadcasting obligations.”
“Broadcasting organisations are rightly held to a higher standard — and particularly Channel 4 which has a special role enshrined in legislation.
“Any review would of course look at whether its remit should be better focused so it is serving the public in the best way possible.