GMB hosts Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway came under fire today for their interview with politician Grant Shapps.
The Transport Secretary appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss BP closing some of its petrol stations due to a lorry driver shortage.
Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard on GMB
Kate asked Mr Shapps why he doesn’t bring lorry drivers over from abroad to help the shortages here in Britain.
He said: “I wouldn’t rule out anything that’s going to resolve this at all. The problem has come from coronavirus itself so specifically not being able to test drivers.”
However, as Kate cut in a few times with more questions, Mr Shapps said: “I’m trying to answer [the question] and you’re not letting me.”
Ben later told Mr Shapps: “Clearly you’re avoiding answering Kate’s question.”
Mr Shapps cut in: “I’m really not.”
Ben then started talking over him to ask another question and move the discussion on.
The presenter asked a question as Mr Shapps began to answer him.
However, Ben then cut in with another question and Mr Shapps asked him to let him answer.
He told Ben: “If you let me get to the end of the sentence I’ll be able to explain.”
After Mr Shapps answered Ben’s question, the two hosts began talking over each other.
Viewers watching hit out at the presenters for their interrupting during the interview.
One person said on Twitter: “FFS Kate let people talk. Stop interrupting.”
Another wrote: “He’s actually answering your question, the problem is you’re not listening!!!
‘What’s wrong with foreign HGV drivers coming in?’
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says the lorry driver shortage is due to a lack of COVID tests and he ‘would not rule out doing anything’ to solve the problem. pic.twitter.com/Ih8Q25MabN
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) September 24, 2021
“Try and listen rather than butting in Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway.”
A third tweeted: “Stop talking all over the transport secretary so I can actually hear his answer.”
However, others agreed with Kate and Ben and criticised Mr Shapps.
One added: “Why can’t Grant Shapps answer a direct question???”
Another said: “That was a crash as per #GrantShapps why appear on #GMB and point blank refuse to answer ANY questions.”
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