COUNTRYFILE viewers were in hysterics watching yesterday's show after Simon King told presenter Ellie Harrison to "spread her legs" while teaching her photography skills.
The pair were stationed on a hillside taking pictures of birds when naturalist Simon encouraged her to "become a tripod" in a bid to stabilise her handheld shots.
He began: "The faster you can get your shutter speed to work then the more likely you are to freeze movement."
Simon demonstrated by taking clear shots of a swooping jackdaw.
Ellie said: "That movement is quite hard. You're sort of holding your camera then realising you have to be moving constantly."
Her colleague then imparted his advice, saying: "This is the other thing, make yourself into the stabilising device.
"So what you're doing, get your elbow, tuck it in here, spread your legs a bit, like that, be that tripod, and then use your body to do the track."
Viewers couldn't help but have a childish giggle at the unfortunate choice of words, with one writing: "#countryfile spread your legs Ellie… blimey…direct."
Another joked: "'Spread your legs Ellie.' This photographer doesn't waste any time! #countryfile."
As a third laughed: "Simon telling Ellie to spread her legs. Oooh Matron #countryfile."
The award-winning show has been on air since 1988 and is currently the nation's most-watched factual TV series with 6million viewers.
It airs 52 weeks of the year and features a stellar line-up of presenters including Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison, John Craven, Anita Rani, Tom Heap, Helen Skelton and Adam Henson.
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