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This Morning guest slammed for ‘disrespectful’ and ‘inappropriate’ coronavirus joke

Gyles tried to make the hosts laugh

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This Morning viewers have criticised Gyles Brandreth for making a joke about coronavirus.

Gyles appeared on Tuesday’s show (August 18) and made hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford giggle with his quip.

Eamonn asked the comedian 72, to “make them laugh” and Gyles cracked the joke.

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This Morning viewers have criticised Gyles Brandreth for making a joke about coronavirus (Credit: ITV)

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What did Gyles Brandreth say on This Morning?

Gyles told the pair: “I’d love to tell you my favourite coronavirus joke. But it’ll take you two weeks to see if you get it.”

Ruth and Eamonn laughed at the quip.

Eamonn said: “That’s an intelligent joke as well. That’s what you get from that man. That’s brilliant.”

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Eamonn and Ruth found Gyles’ joke funny on This Morning (Credit: ITV)

However, some viewers didn’t see the funny side and branded the joke “disrespectful”.

What did This Morning viewers say?

One person said on Twitter: “Shame on you @thismorning for having guests that are making jokes about COVID-19.

“It was disrespectful and in bad taste.”

Another wrote: “Gyles should apologise for that crap joke.”

A third added: “@thismorning really inappropriate ‘Coronavirus joke’ from your ‘man that makes you laugh.’

“Please remember some of your viewers have lost family…. not OK.”


Others did see the funny side and loved Gyles on the show.

One tweeted Gyles saying: “Currently watching you on This Morning. Where have you been all my life? In stitches.”

That’s what you get from that man. That’s brilliant.

Another wrote: “Just pre-ordered your joke book, chuckling away watching you on This Morning.”

Meanwhile, on Monday’s show, viewers were left in hysterics when a consumer expert accidentally swore on the programme.

Katie Morley gave advice to viewers on any consumer topics and one woman, named Lesley, phoned in to ask advice after not receiving a refund that she says she was promised.

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Katie accidentally swore on This Morning (Credit: ITV)

She asked: “Is it right that you paid on credit card for this sofa?”

Lesley replied: “I did for some because when I went to buy this, it was to replace a previous faulty suite so this is the second faulty suite I’ve had.

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“I paid the extra. I’ve just retired from 35 years in the NHS and thought I’d treat myself to a better one so I paid an extra nearly thousand pounds on my credit card.”

Katie then told her: “Oh I’m so sorry darling, that’s [expletive]…” before putting her hand over her mouth.

She said: “Sorry!”

Ruth quickly said: “We do apologise for that.”

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