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Friday 19th October 2018

Gok Wan flees This Morning set over snake phobia

His hands were shaking even before the snakes arrived on set

Poor Gok Wan was forced to flea the This Morning set on Thursday after being confronted by one of his biggest fears - snakes!

The television presenter, 43, admitted his hands were shaking at the very thought of being in the same building as snakes, let alone coming face-to-face with them.

Gok explained to viewers he has a phobia of snakes (Credit: ITV)

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On the latest episode of This Morning, Gok and co-host Rylan Clark-Neal interviewed a man who found a snake in his shower and met a snake handler.

Ahead of the segment starting, Rylan noted that Gok was already starting to shake as photos of snakes appeared on the screen.

Gok hastily exited the set when the snake handler arrived (Credit: ITV)

"Honesty, I can't even look at the screen right now," said Gok.

"I have a fear of snakes. I could be on a This Morning phone-in. I've never met a snake, a snake has never done anything wrong to me, but me and my gorgeous brother are the same.

We have some snakes in the building and literally my hands are shaking. The idea of it, I cannot bear it.

"I can't look at them in pictures, if they turn up in films... we have some snakes in the building and literally my hands are shaking. The idea of it, I cannot bear it!"

Gok hid backstage to avoid the snakes (Credit: ITV)

Rylan confirmed Gok has a "genuine fear" which was evident when Gok made a hasty exit just before the snake handler arrived.

Gok said: "This is awful and I've never, ever done this before at work but I'll have to leave the studio because there are real snakes in the studio with an amazing handler, but my fear is so bad I can't be in here."

Rylan interviewed snake expert Trevor Smith solo (Credit: ITV)

Rylan jokingly asked Gok to make a dramatic Jeremy Kyle-style exit, to which Gok laughed: "I'm off! I'm going!"

It left Rylan alone to interview snake expert Trevor Smith who brought a selection of snakes with him to the studio.

Rylan didn't mind being near the snakes but did admit he'd prefer them to stay in their boxes! (Credit: ITV)

Trevor said sightings of snakes in public had risen recently because of the hot weather and said it was best not to touch any snakes you may come across.

He said if you're not sure about a snake you've seen, people should take a photo and show it to the experts who can determine what to do next.

Gok warned that no snakes better come backstage! (Credit: ITV)

After the interview concluded, Rylan shouted backstage: "Gok, are you alright?"

Gok replied: "No, I'm not! I'm listening to you talk about it! Can you hurry up with the snakes already?"

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When the snake handler quickly whipped out one final snake to show Rylan, a horrified Gok hid his face and shouted: "Oh my God, it's the skinny quick ones! If you bring it out here..."

Many fans suggested Gok should ask This Morning's Speakmans duo to help him with his phobia of snakes, given they've helped many viewers overcome other phobias.

Other viewers fully understood Gok's fear of snakes and said they'd be horrified to come across one in their home or out in public.

Others, meanwhile, said they didn't fear snakes at all.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.

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