TV presenter Richard Madeley terminated his wife’s takeaway order when she avoided answering a simple question.
What follows is a transcript of the conversation:
Richard: What shall we order tonight Jude – Chinese or Indian?
Judy: I’d like to pay tribute to the Deliveroo personnel who ensure we get the food on time…
Richard: No sorry, could you answer the question? No, no, no, no, no, no, no. I’m sure you do want to pay tribute to them. No, no, Judy. I asked you a straight question. We can talk about tributes to the delivery guys in a minute. Do you want a Chinese takeaway or an Indian takeaway? That’s the question. Could you answer that question, please?
Judy: Well what we’re seeing is two hungry people working together to come up with a strategy for their evening meal.
Richard: Yes. Do you want a Chinese or an Indian? Judy, please answer the question. I’m asking the question not on my behalf but on behalf of the chefs who need to cook your meal, so on behalf of the chefs, would you please answer the question?
Judy: Well what’s important is that we sat down with some menus and made a considered decision about what to have for dinner.
Richard: Right, you’re not going to answer, are you? OK. All right, dinner is terminated because you won’t answer the question. It would be helpful if you answered a straight question with a straight answer.
Afterwards, Madeley told his mates, “What are these wives like? It would have been very easy to say, ‘I fancy a chow mein’ or ‘I could murder a balti.’”