Richard Madeley hit with 2,300 Ofcom complaints after Gaza attack remark
GMB’s Richard Madeley reports on Israel Gaza war
Richard Madeley has received 2,378 Ofcom complaints after his comments made towards British Palestinian MP Layla Moran on October 17, the television watchdog has revealed.
The presenter appeared to ask the MP whether she or her family had any prior knowledge of the Hamas attacks happening in Gaza.
He asked: “You have connections in Gaza? Did you have any indication of what was going to happen 10 days ago, or two weeks ago? Was there any word on the street?”
Moran looked stunned at his question and noted: “Not this. I think everyone has been surprised by first of all, partly the timing, the sophistication and the the way that it’s happened.
“What I will say is that I have been warning – and others have in Parliament as well – for a number of years now. We have to bring people together and find a way through.”
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A Good Morning Britain spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Richard is sorry that he has upset viewers with his question to Layla Moran.
“His intention was to understand the mood and atmosphere amongst the civilian population of Gaza immediately before the attacks.
“He asked Layla about her family in Gaza City because she had discussed speaking to them earlier in the interview. He did not mean to imply that she or her family might have had any prior knowledge of the attacks.”
Many viewers of the show were left outraged at Richard’s comments and took to their Twitter accounts to express their thoughts.
@JaneCanDoSE4 commented: “I DON’T understand how this man is STILL an interviewer for GMB-he’s appalling & a constant embarrassment!!” (sic)
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@SA85_786 fumed: “DID RICHARD MADELEY JUST ASK A PALESTINIAN MP IF SHE KNEW ABOUT THE ATTACKS BEFORE IT HAPPENED?? Absolutely VILE and OFFENSIVE! He should apologise or be taken off.” (sic)
@KBGreyhoundlady quipped: “What an appalling man. He should be sacked.”
@HfitzHazel said: “The response from Layla Moran at being asked such an outrageous & appalling question says it all.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV1 and ITVX.
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