Morgan and co-host Susanna Reid were stunned by that moment as they watched in-studio, but Swain continued to pursue the PM. After several more tense moments, Swain got close enough to Johnson to ask his question. Instead of answering though, Johnson told Swain “I’ll be with you in a second” before he walked off into a freezer full of milk bottles.
Johnson never did return for an interview, but Conservative Party sources insisted to The Guardian that Johnson was “categorically not hiding,” but was being prepped for a separate, pre-planned interview. Sources have also insisted to The Mirror that Oxley was venting “general frustration” during the encounter and was not directing his expletive toward Swain specifically.