Uh oh, they’ve only been in charge of the ship for a few days, but Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard are already in trouble with the viewers.
Fans slammed Friday morning’s Good Morning Britain as “sexist” and “hypocritical”, when they aired half-naked male strippers gyrating against the presenters.
Ben and Kate – along with Charlotte Hawkins and Richard Arnold – welcomed the three men onto the set as part of a conversation about the construction-themed challenge on Thursday night’s Love Island.
Entertainment editor Richard said: “Come on lads, throw some shapes,” as they took their tops off and started dancing up against the team.
Kate initially seemed happy, saying: Look at that… ooh hello!” But when they got too close, she freaked out, squealing: “Hang on! You look very intelligent and wise. Where’s the cut? Just when you want the director to cut…” Speaking to her dancer, she added: “Hello, you look lovely.”
Ben looked particularly uncomfortable and quickly tried to move to the news and weather.
They later shared a clip of Kate spanking one of the men after telling him: “No, I can’t hit you on your bottom! What is going on?”
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) July 19, 2019
As they cut to the advert, Kate was seen introducing herself, saying: “Hello, young man, how are you?”
But viewers were deeply unimpressed by the early morning segment, with many slamming the pre-watershed content.
One wrote: “Having half naked men gyrating about the stage while children are having their breakfast is disgusting, what the hell is going on GMB? This is disgraceful.”
A second tweeted: “Ben and Kate, surely you would not be happy when your children were 6 and 8 years old, watching and asking questions about such a show at this time of day?”
A third even contacted TV watchdog Ofcom, commenting: “@Ofcom great content for my 7 year old daughter. Why do you allow this content to happen on a regular basis before the 9pm watershed. There are too many adult themes happening before 9pm on a daily basis, one reason our kids are not kids anymore #disgrace.”
Several men pointed out possible double standards, with one tweeting: “Now let’s get a topless woman on there and Ben can swat her bottom too. We must have #equality these days 🤔.”
Another confused man tweeted: “There is the hypocrisy of feminism in all its glory.” A third man wrote: “If that was Ben doing that to a female stripper there would be hell on earth right now.”
Others found it a bit of fun, writing: “Most kids will have seen a lot worse in music videos!! I thought it was funny. Poor Ben 😂😂😂.” Another said: “If you don’t like it, switch it off. Bet half of the moaners watch Love Island every night.” A third laughed: “Ben’s face!!!! 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂.”
We’re wondering what Piers would’ve made of these guests? No doubt he’ll be quick enough to tell us on Twitter sooner or later…
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