THIS Morning came under fire today after a celebrity guest cracked a “bad taste” joke about catching coronavirus.
Regular contributor Gyles Brandreth, the comedian and former Conservative MP, left host Eamonn Holmes giggling with the quip.
He said: “I’d love to tell you my favourite coronavirus joke. But it’ll take you two weeks to see if you get it.”
Eamonn, 60, applauded, saying: “That’s an intelligent joke as well. That’s what you get from that man. That’s brilliant.”
However, some viewers were less impressed, with one writing sarcastically: “Because coronavirus is something to joke about.”
Another tweeted: “Shame on you @thismorning for having guests that are making jokes about Covid-19. It was disrespectful and bad taste.”
Others told the star: “That’s not funny Giles!!” and “FFS Gyles!”
Another insisted he should say sorry, writing: “Giles should apologise for that c**p joke.”
The star, who often appears on This Morning as part of the news review, was promoting his new joke book What’s Black & White & Red All Over?
Some were delighted to see him on the show, with one writing: “Gyles Brandreth’s in the house!! 👏”
The coronavirus death toll in the UK stands at 41,369 after rising by three on Monday.
Gyles is well-known for his appearances on This Morning as well as Countdown as repeated turns on Have I Got News For You.
He has also represented the City of Chester as a Conservative MP between 1992 and 1997 and was a junior minister in John Major’s government.