"I'm just an ordinary middle-aged school teacher who went out to have a bit of an adventure, and got a bit more than I bargained for," Gibbons said at a brief press conference at the airport.
What is the world coming to, eh? You go to a country in which an ethno-religious genocide is ongoing, for a bit of an adventure. And then something slightly bad happens to you. What are the chances?
"I don't think anyone could have imagined it would have snowballed like this."
Gosh, no. Who could have imagined that large numbers of Muslims in a devout Muslim country might completely overreact to a tiny little thing, form mobs, and demand the death of a westerner? There's certainly no precedent for it.
"I was very upset to think that I might have caused offense to anyone, very, very upset," Gibbons said.
You know, some people might have been upset by this:
Some Sudanese protesters, however, demanded far more punishment, such as lashes or even death.
But no, when an angry mob bays quite literally for her head, Gibbons is simply appalled that she might have made some dreadful faux pas.
"I am very sorry to leave Sudan. I had a fabulous time. It is a beautiful place and I had a chance to see some of the countryside. The Sudanese people I found to be extremely kind and generous and until this happened I only had a good experience."
Is this woman even aware of the hundreds of thousands killed and the millions of refugees? She had a fabulous time while the extremely kind and generous people went about clearing their beautiful country of black people and Christians by killing them.
"I wouldn't like to put anyone off going to Sudan"
But fearing for her safety, she returned to England immediately.
Seeing her on camera spouting this drivel, there really did appear to be no suggestion that her interview was all a big put-on.