The ITV show This Morning was hit by Ofcom complaints following a segment involving TV presenter Beverley Turner.
The media personality clashed with host Dermot O’Leary over vaccines on the ITV daytime show on Monday, May 31.
The argument arose during a segment that also involved Alison Hammond and Matthew Wright.
Dermot O’Leary is not an anti-vaxxer, it seems (ITV)
What did Beverley Turner say on This Morning?
Beverly, 47, believes the jab is ineffective.
She has already indicated that young people had better reject it.
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However, Dermot corrected it after claiming on the show, “This does not prevent you from catching or transmitting the virus.”
She also suggested that the coronavirus vaccine is a “test drug”.
Dermot clashed with Beverley (Photo credit: ITV)
How did Dermot react?
A worried Dermot told Beverley that the vaccine helps prevent transmission.
He told her: “The greatest minds in science have – in an extraordinarily short period of time – developed this vaccine. It has been proven to work, statistically. Why are you so cynical?
Why are you so cynical?
And in response to his rebuttal that there is “no long-term data,” Dermot stressed that humanity cannot afford that “luxury” just yet.
He continued, “We have no chance of having long term data because we have this virus which is killing people all over the world.”
Alison Hammond was also a part of This Morning article with Beverley Turner (Credit: ITV)
What did Ofcom say?
The show drew 120 Ofcom complaints, according to reports.
However, the vaccine row was not the only part of the program to be criticized.
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Cover of The marriage of Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds has also been the subject of 27 complaints.
The TV watchdog confirmed that 53 people protested Beverley’s comments.
Meanwhile, Dermot and Matthew drew 27 complaints for what they had to say.
Writing on Instagram today (Wednesday, June 2), Beverley told fans they were wrong to suggest that Dermot owed him an apology.
She wrote: “People want representation of their anger and fear. “
ED! has contacted representatives for This Morning for comment.
– This morning is broadcast on ITV during the week from 10 a.m.
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