A BBC newsreader's deadpan joke about the "highlights of 2020" had viewers in stitches on New Year's Day.

Simon McCoy told BBC News fans today, January 1, there would be a "special programme" with footage of all the best parts of one of the most miserable years many people can remember.

"Let's just have a look," he says.

Nothing shows up on the screen behind him, and seconds later he faces the camera and says grimly: "Exactly. It's farewell to 2020."

The footage was shared on TikTok and Twitter, with people greatly entertained by his emotionless delivery of the gag.

Simon McCoy shows the 'highlights of 2020'
Simon McCoy shows the 'highlights of 2020'

One person joked: "Simon McCoy speaking for 7.5bn people here..."

"Wow I feel like 2020 just got told off by its parents," quipped another person.

"That was hilarious," said a third fan.

Another person commented appreciatively: "McCoy is a legend!"

He previously raised eyebrows with a joke about Princess Eugenie's baby news, having previously mocked a pregnancy announcement from Prince William and Kate Middleton as "not really being news".

BBC News Presenter Simon McCoy

This comes after Daily Star shared some of the weirdest, funniest, heartwarming, and sexiest pictures of 2020 in what has otherwise been a tough year for many.

We also awarded our biggest covidiots of the year, with some of the most hypocritical divas and politicians vying for the top spot.

Meanwhile, here is a list of the many much-loved celebrities who sadly died in 2020 as we remember their talents and give tribute to what made them superstars in the first place.