Good Morning Britain turned VERY cheeky on Thursday morning after dating expert Nadia Essex appeared on the show to discuss social media cheating.
But as talk turned to emojis – presenter Ben Shephard was left red faced when he found out what the aubergine really means.
Yup, it all started when Celebs Go Dating star Nadia began discussing ‘micro-cheating’ – which is apparently how sending certain emojis and commenting on other people’s Instagram posts can be seen as flirting.
Explaining what she meant, Nadia said: ‘If you are engaging in a comment, a little heart-eyed emoji when she’s in a bikini… that is where we draw the line in terms of THAT is micro-cheating.’ Who knew?!
Anyway, things then turned a little more suggestive when the subject of vegetable emojis was brought up – and poor, innocent Ben revealed he had no idea an aubergine had sexual connotations.
The married star said: ‘My friend sends me an aubergine all the time! It’s her favourite. What’s wrong with it?’ LOL!
GMB co-host Susanna Reid was horrified by Ben’s confession and asked him if he ‘seriously’ sent the phallic-shaped emoji to his friends.
To which Ben replied: ‘What’s being implied by sending an aubergine? Genuinely, because it’s a nonsense.’ Eeek!
And naturally viewers at home found the whole thing hilarious, with one writing: ‘@benshephard @LadyNadiaEssex @gmb #GMB Someone please educate Ben on his emoji use’.
‘Ben Shepherd Innocently trying to understand why the aubergine emoji is used in flirty texts is hilarious #GMB #goodmorningbritain #Microcheating’, said another.
Luckily, Ben reassured viewers that his friend was only sending him the cheeky emoji ironically – so we think he’s off the hook!