May said she did not watch the exit poll herself, as "I have a little bit of superstition about things like that".
"In advance of the campaign she said she wanted to have an [election] to strengthen her mandate for Brexit and that didn't happen and what we now have is people are confused, anxious and nervous that the Prime Minister of whom they have no trust".
I note for the first time since she has become Prime Minister her image has now been removed from the front page of the Conservative party website.
Asked if she shed a tear when her husband hugged her, May replied: "Yes, a little tear, at that moment". We didn't see that result coming.
But although she started more than 20 points ahead of Labour in the opinion polls she lost most of that lead as well as 22 seats, wiping out the 17 seat majority she had inherited from predecessor David Cameron. "It took a few minutes for it to sink in what it was telling me".
The prime minister's husband Philip broke the news and gave her a hug to console her, she told BBC's Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett.
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"My husband watched it for me and came and told me and I was shocked at the result that had come through in the exit poll".
Mrs May said it was "distressing" to see good colleagues losing their seats.
The prime minister admitted that her campaign "wasn't going perfectly", with a backlash against her plan to give MPs a free vote on repealing the fox hunting ban and an outcry against the so called "dementia tax" to reform social care funding in England.
She added: "People can smell blood and that is exactly what is going on in the corridors of power so to speak".
Despite her minority control in Parliament, May said she does not regret calling the election.
Unfortunately for Perkins, his track record of speaking out against his own leader came back to haunt him. May, who insisted her government had the "humility" to "listen to the message we got from people at the election".
The PM admitted her respect for Jeremy Corbyn had grown after she saw him deal with the attack on a mosque last month in Finsbury Park, part of his local constituency.