Good Morning Britain has been hit with Ofcom complaints after Richard Madeley’s lockdown comments on Thursday’s show.
The 65-year-old found himself in a heated discussion when chatting to SAGE scientist Professor Susan Michie about when would be the right time to lift restrictions.
He said: “If your politics inform your sense of control, it’s not just a medical argument, but you have a political bent to want the state to tell people what to do.”
Watch the moment Piers Morgan stormed off GMB below…
After watching the segment, many viewers were left unimpressed with Madeley, and 145 people reported the ITV show to the broadcasting regulator.
There are now calls for him to be fired from the daytime show.
On Twitter, one person commented: “Richard Madeley was totally unprofessional this morning. To question a SAGE Scientist about their personal politics and then questioning whether it affects her scientific judgement and advice is straight out of a witchfinder playbook – get him off #GMB.”
Another tweeted: “Very very disappointing to see Richard Madeley essentially quote a hit piece on @SusanMichie today on @GMB – suggesting her very sensible advice as a scientist was in some way compromised by her political leanings? WTF? This is misogynistic BS.”
“That ‘question’ from Richard Madeley was basically to challenge Susan Michie’s scientific credentials and accuse her of wanting to live in a dictatorship, she put him in his place. He is a dangerous man,” a third wrote.
Morgan insisted ‘freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on’ in a Twitter, post at the time.
It read: “On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview.
“I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t.
“If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on.”
He added: “Thanks for all the love and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.”
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