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26th Oct 2023

GMB viewers demand Richard Madeley be taken off air after ‘insensitive’ comments

Joseph Loftus

‘Madeley needs to be taken off air’

Good Morning Britain viewers have once again slammed Richard Madeley – this time for his insensitive comments about Motor Neurone Disease.

Many have asked that Madeley is taken off after he made a series of comments while discussing a new Coronation Street storyline which involves a character being diagnosed with MND.

Peter Ash, who plays Paul Foreman, on the ITV soap, featured on GMB alongside Sam Hayden-Harler, who was diagnosed with MND back when he was 35.

Sam has been helping Peter get into character for the role and on GMB Richard Madeley wanted to learn just how Sam’s been helping out – but went about it in the worst possible way.

Talking to Peter, Madeley said: “Peter, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, what does he show you to do in terms of movement?” He continued: “What I mean is does he come to your dressing room and say, ‘At this stage, you walk like this?'”

Madeley’s co-host, Kate Garraway quickly intercepted saying: “No, no, not quite like that” to which Madeley responded: “He has been a very big help to the storyline.”

While many believed the worst was surely over, towards the end of their chat, Madeley made another insensitive comment, saying of Stephen Hawking, who famously had MND: “He lived decades beyond expectation.”

Fans were quick to comment on the exceptionally awkward interview, with one writing: “Madeley needs to be taken off air. He has zero tact.”

Another said: “Did Richard just say ‘Does he go to your dressing room and say you have to walk like this?”

A third said: “Richard Madeley has the sensitivity of a wrecking ball! Why do the powers that be at #GMB allow this idiot anywhere near such sensitive topics??”

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