Phillip Schofield and Matt Hancock This Morning today

This Morning viewers divided over Phillip Schofield’s remark to Matt Hancock

Some called it "insensitive"

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Viewers of This Morning were left stunned today when host Phillip Schofield made a savage comment to former Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Mr Hancock was on the show to talk about the possibility of screening all children for dyslexia, which he suffers from himself.

But TV watchers were taken aback when Phillip made a dig at Mr Hancock, asking him if it was his dyslexia that was to blame for breaking social distancing rules.

Matt Hancock on This Morning today
Hancock was on This Morning talking about dyslexia (Credit: ITV)

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Why was Matt Hancock on This Morning today?

Phillip asked: “Was it your dyslexia that meant you misread the social distancing rules?”

A visibly shocked Mr Hancock replied: “No. I can’t blame that on dyslexia or anything else.”

He added: “That was a mistake and I’ve apologised for it.”

While some viewers praised Phil for the question, one even calling it ‘comedy gold’, others were less than impressed.

Many fans were disappointed at the serious segment being hijacked, branding Phil “insensitive” and taking to social media to complain.

“Disappointing that he went on to raise awareness about dyslexia, and it had to be bought back to what he did with a very insensitive question,” one person wrote on Twitter.

Another agreed, saying: “It’s not often I feel like defending Hancock, but this is a very patronising and damagingly uneducated question to ask.”

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning today
Holly struggled to keep a straight face (Credit: ITV)

What did viewers say?

A third said: “A producer/editor needs to have a word with @Schofe on this one. Seriously insensitive and far from clever.”

And a fourth said: “A totally unnecessary comment! He was there to speak seriously about dyslexia!”

Not everyone was quite so forgiving of Mr Hancock though, with many viewers laughing at Phil’s “savage” questioning.

“Savage from Phil,” one fan tweeted, followed by a string of laughing emojis.

“Day made,” agreed another.

“It’s brutal,” remarked another, while lots of people pointed out that co-host Holly Willoughby struggled to hide a smirk.

Mr Hancock resigned as Health Secretary earlier this year as footage of him kissing aide Gina Coladangelo emerged in a tabloid.

Phillip Schofield This Morning today Tuesday December 7
Many fans thought Phil’s question was inappropriate (Credit: ITV)

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Public fury followed as he was not only cheating on wife Martha, but blatantly breaking Covid-19 social distancing laws.

Matt later posted a public apology on social media.

He said: “I accept I breached social distancing guidance in these circumstances. I have let people down and am very sorry.”

He pleaded for “privacy” and said it was a “personal matter”, adding: “I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter.”

Hancock later resigned from his government position.

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