London Tube Announcer Fired Over Spoof Messages

The woman warning London subway commuters to "Mind the gap" was fired after posting spoof announcements on the Internet and telling a London newspaper she thought the transit network was dreadful.

Emma Clarke, who voiced public announcements in London's subway network, known as the Tube, has been telling passengers to watch their step in walking between subway cars and the platform since 1999.

She was fired after the Mail on Sunday ran an interview with Clarke saying that while living in North London, she used to take the Tube every day, but had refused to use it any longer because it was “dreadful."

The paper also featured Clarke's Web site, which contained several spoof Tube announcements, including one warning a passenger not to stare at a woman's chest and another telling American tourists, "You are almost certainly talking too loud."

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Clarke told the Times of London that the comments were taken out of context. “I did not say that the Northern Line was dreadful. I did say it’s a challenging line. What I did say was dreadful was the thought of being in a Tube train listening to my own voice.”

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Transport for London announced Monday that Clarke, 36, had cancelled her contract and will no continue to provide her voiceover work, although they did note that some of the spoof announcements were quite funny.

But spokesman Dan Hodges said Clarke's attack on the subway itself had crossed the line.

"We wouldn't employ somebody to promote our services who simultaneously criticizes those services," Hodges said.

Clarke's voice will continue to fill London's subway cars until a replacement is needed, he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.