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Interview leads to sacking of London Underground announcer.

Emma Clarke, the voiceover artist responsible for the London Underground announcements, was fired by the London Underground after an interview with The Guardian, in which she referred to the London Underground as "dreadful".

She claims that her statement was taken out of context, however, and was very similar in nature to this previous answer of hers from an interview at beta.com:

Q. - Does hearing your own voice on the tube make you blush? 

A. -
Since I’ve been the Mind the Gap girl, I haven’t had the guts to use the tube. I can’t face the thought of being in a confined space with strangers, with my gob on show and nowhere to hide. Fortunately it’s not that much of a problem as I’m a dirty Manc and don’t get to go dahn sarf very often.

Apparently, the management of the LU were not impressed:

"London Underground is sorry to have to announce that further contracts for Miss Clarke are experiencing severe delays," a TfL spokesman told the Evening Standard on Monday.

Interestingly enough, some of the controversy surrounding Emma Clarke relates to her personal website, where she has some rather amusing parody announcements. All the news stories regarding her firing have flooded her website, but there are copies of several of the clips available online.

 American tourists announcement

Passenger announcement spoof.

Residents of London announcement.

It seems to me that the London Underground is missing out on an opportunity here. Emma Clarke is likely to become an internet celebrity, and has, ironically, brought a lot of attention to the LU... frankly, it's hard to buy that kind of publicity. 

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