This Morning viewers were horrified after Miriam Margoyles continued to use an offensive ableist slur live on air.
The Harry Potter actor, 81, appeared on the long-running talk show to answer callers’ queries alongside hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.
One of the ITV programme’s fans wrote in to ask for advice on dating, as they wanted to find love again, and the Call the Midwife star’s response shocked its audience.
The veteran performer advised Leanne to ‘loose a bit of weight darling’ and told her not to ‘eat too much’ over Christmas.
Repeatedly using an ableist slur, Margoyles suggested Leanne could join a club to find a romantic partner.
She also told her to clean herself thoroughly and to ‘wash all the crevices you find difficult to wash.’
At one point, Schofield jumped in to call the advice a bit ‘Dickensian’, but Margoyles carried on using the term.
Fans were shocked on Twitter by Margoyles’ use of the ableist slur, with one writing: ‘I’m astounded at what I just heard from @MMargolyes on #ThisMorning … This lady is known for being controversial, but she just told a woman on air to lose weight, don’t go gay & not to mix with other [ableist slur]. Imagine that was on GB News, Talk TV or another broadcaster…’
Another penned: ‘[ableist slur] really ???? Very offensive. @ITV @thismorning #ThisMorning.’
‘#ThisMorning using the word [ableist slur]. In this day and age. REALLY!?!?!??’ a This Morning viewer added.
A Twitter account remarked: ‘#ThisMorning How was that even funny??? Seriously?? [ableist slur] No apology then?’
A social media user said: ‘Miriam Margolyes can f**k off calling disabled peopled [abelist slur]. It’s not funny, it’s downright rude and offensive. #ThisMorning.’
A viewer added: ‘[ableist slur] jesus wept…#thismorning.’
‘Unfortunate use of the word [Abelist slur] before the camera crosses to woman with crutches #ThisMorning,’ an audience member commented.
An account said: ‘If you think you’re too fat for sex lose weight. [Abelist slur]. Wash all your crevices. B***dy hell Miriam. #ThisMorning.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Margolyes’ reps for comment.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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