Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid grill Matt Hancock on GMB

GMB: Matt Hancock interview with Piers Morgan branded ‘car crash TV’

Awkward interview marked the end of 201-day Government boycott

GMB viewers were left cringing and furious by an appearance on the show by Matt Hancock.

The Health Secretary faced a grilling from hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid earlier today (Monday, November 16).

His awkward interview marked the end of a 201-day Government boycott of the ITV breakfast show.

And a furious Piers made it clear how unimpressed he has been with ministers running away from him.

Piers Morgan was not impressed with Matt Hancock
Piers Morgan had been waiting for a Government minister to show up on GMB (Credit: GMB YouTube)

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“Where the hell have you been?” he demanded as Mr Hancock went on to claim diary scheduling has kept him from appearing previously.

But Piers was not be deterred and pressed further, insisting on knowing whether the MP had supported the GMB ban.

Why haven’t you offered your resignation?

“Do you think it is right and proper that during the biggest health crisis this government has faced for 100 years you have been absent from this show?” Piers asked.

Matt Hancock appears on GMB
Matt Hancock was the first Government minister to appear on GMB in over 200 days (Credit: GMB YouTube)

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“You and the entire Cabinet and Prime Minister have boycotted a huge breakfast TV news programme – and our viewers – for six months.

“Did you support the boycott? Did you support it?”

Piers, however, was not satisfied with Mr Hancock’s response suggesting he was back on the show as soon as he could be.

“Literally, I just asked a question and you refused to answer,” Piers replied.

Matt Hancock appears on GMB with Piers morgan and Susanna Reid
Piers and Susanna grilled Matt Hancock on GMB (Credit: ITV)

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Piers’ frustration was also felt by those watching at home as Mr Hancock seemed to evade addressing the Government’s “constant series of failures and U-turns”.

Piers raised issues including a lack of PPE for health workers, the delay to bringing in lockdown and testing and care home protection.

The presenter also enquired why Mr Hancock still has his job.

Piers asked: “Given that we now have had over 50,000 deaths in this country – which is the worst death toll in the whole of Europe – why are you still Health Secretary? And why haven’t you offered your resignation?”

Later, asked whether he felt the Government had made errors, Mr Hancock responded: “Sure, of course, we’ve made mistakes, absolutely.

“When we first put out the guidance for funerals in the first peak it was interpreted as being so tight that even your spouse couldn’t go to the funeral of somebody who’d died of coronavirus.

“Now, that was wrong, and we changed it. Absolutely, we’ve been learning.”

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid grill Matt Hancock
Piers and Susanna did not take it easy on the MP (Credit: GMB YouTube)

GMB viewers slam ‘car crash’ interview

However, not everybody watching was convinced.

Many viewers expressed on social media how they felt the interview was a ‘car crash’ for Mr Hancock.

One angry person tweeted: “Car crash telly interview on @GMB (yes folks the ban has been lifted) with Matt Hancock. It has been an art form on how not to use the simple words Yes or No and routine fudging of clearly put questions.

“You might ask how he is still Health Secretary? @piersmorgan did. No response.”

Another agreed: “@MattHancock absolute car crash of an interview with @piersmorgan.

“Are you that incompetent that you can’t even answer one question honestly?”

And someone else put it concisely: “Matt Hancock needs to go. He had a car crash interview on @GMB.”

Mr Hancock’s inability to answer a straight question also came in for criticism on social media.

“How has Matt Hancock been able to worm his way out of every single question? @GMB,” asked one person.

But another viewer felt Piers and Susanna didn’t focus on solutions or the future.

“Why don’t you ask questions regarding today’s update on the virus?” they wrote.

“You are wasting an interview on the past where we can’t do anything!”

However, another person added: “This man is an utter disaster and his Government is culpable for thousands of deaths #goodmorningbritain #piersmorgan #gmb.”

Good Morning Britain airs on ITV, weekdays, from 6am.

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