BBC Radio 1 DJ Arielle Free has been taken off air following an on-air clash with fellow presenter Charlie Hedges.

As Charlie, 37, was presenting her Dance Anthems show, Arielle, 36, joined her broadcast as a guest, sounding very worse for wear live from the Ibiza Rocks hotel.

‘Hi, yeah I sound great don’t I?’, Arielle began on the call, with Charlie laughing.

Charlie quipped: ‘You’ve sounded better, but it’s ok.’

Arielle replied: ‘Well, this is what happened. You play on Friday and you play on Saturday and then your voice just goes. 

‘Can I be honest with you Charlie?… I expected better of you…’

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Charlie jumped in: ‘What? To sound better, like you?’ 

Arielle said: ‘I don’t like this song,’ referring to Horsegiirl’s My Barn, My Rules as Charlie played it.

Charlie replied: ‘Oh really?’ 

Arielle then said she was ‘sorry’ but she actually ‘hates’ the tune.

Unimpressed, Charlie hit back: ‘Sorry, I’m taking your mic down, it’s my show, Arielle. Have some respect, please.’

‘See you later. Get out of here,’ she added.

After creating on-air tension, understands that Arielle has been temporarily suspended, but will be back on the radio next week.

A BBC spokesperson also told us: ‘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.’

Reacting to the exchange, listeners took to social media to express their shock.

‘This is so cringe from Arielle, at the end of the day it’s a huge privilege being a R1 DJ why would you embarrass yourself and the station like that’, one person wrote.

One Twitter user also tweeted Arielle directly, telling her: ‘have some respect’.

Another said: ‘@ariellefree @ahj that was awful, Charlie did well to shut you down. Any other job and you would be fired!’

Some listeners were on the fence, however, with one person writing: ‘Unquestionably the wrong approach, but when @ariellefree looks back on this I hope she can take heart that she called out a real issue.

‘The current infantilisation of Dance music – even in Ibiza (!)- feels disrespectful to everything that came before.’

Arielle joined BBC Radio 1 in 2019.

Prior to that, the broadcaster co-hosted the official Love Island podcast Love Island: The Morning After.

After starting out hosting the BBC’s early weekend breakfast show, she now hosts mornings from Monday to Thursday and is the voice of Radio 1’s Dance stream. 

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