Phillip Schofield receives Ofcom complaints after saying Donald Trump is ‘still there sadly’

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Phillip Schofield receives Ofcom complaints after saying Donald Trump is ‘still there sadly’ during COVID-19 segment on This Morning

  • In an episode last week, the presenter, 58, left viewers shocked over his comment about the US President, 73
  • It occurred during a segment about Trump taking unproven drug hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19
  • This Morning has since received 51 complaints for the May 19 show with the ‘majority’ over Phillip’s comment about Trump
  • Phillip has since tweeted: ‘Still in OFFICE!! Not still alive FFS!!!’  
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Phillip Schofield has received Ofcom complaints after saying Donald Trump is ‘still there sadly’ during an episode of This Morning.

In the show aired last week, the presenter, 58, left viewers shocked over his comment about the US President, 73, during a segment about him taking unproven drug hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19

This Morning has since received 51 complaints for the May 19 episode with the ‘majority’ over Phillip’s comment about Trump. The presenter has since insisted he meant ‘still in office’. 

Ofcom complaints: Phillip Schofield has received Ofcom complaints after saying Donald Trump is ‘still there sadly’ during an episode of This Morning

During the show, Phillip, co-host Holly Willoughby and Matthew Wright were shown a clip of Trump discussing his decision to take unproven drug hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19.

The US President said: ‘I’ve taken it for about a week and a half now, and I’m still here.’

To which Phillip said afterwards: ‘He’s still there, sadly.’

Shocking: In an episode last week, the presenter, 58, left viewers shocked over his comment about the US President, 73, during a segment about him taking unproven drug hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19

Shocking: In an episode last week, the presenter, 58, left viewers shocked over his comment about the US President, 73, during a segment about him taking unproven drug hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19

51 complaints: This Morning has since received 51 complaints for the May 19 show with the 'majority' over Phillip's comment about Trump. The presenter has since insisted he meant 'still in office'.

51 complaints: This Morning has since received 51 complaints for the May 19 show with the ‘majority’ over Phillip’s comment about Trump. The presenter has since insisted he meant ‘still in office’.

The presenter’s comment left guest Matthew shocked as he visibly gasped over the remark. While outraged viewers took to social media to complain over the segment.  

Phillip later took to Twitter to insist he meant ‘still in office’ after receiving backlash from angry show watchers. He tweeted: ‘Still in OFFICE!! Not still alive FFS!!!’ 

An Ofcom spokesperson told The Sun: ‘Of the 51 complaints about This Morning we can confirm that the majority are about Philips’s comments about Donald Trump.’ 

In a clip, the US President said: 'I've taken it [hydroxychloroquine] for about a week and a half now, and I'm still here' to which Phillip said afterwards: 'He's still there, sadly,' leaving the studio and guest Matthew visibly shocked (pictured)

In a clip, the US President said: ‘I’ve taken it [hydroxychloroquine] for about a week and a half now, and I’m still here’ to which Phillip said afterwards: ‘He’s still there, sadly,’ leaving the studio and guest Matthew visibly shocked (pictured) 

Comment: Phillip later took to Twitter to insist he meant 'still in office' after receiving backlash from outraged show watchers. He tweeted: 'Still in OFFICE!! Not still alive FFS!!!'

Comment: Phillip later took to Twitter to insist he meant ‘still in office’ after receiving backlash from outraged show watchers. He tweeted: ‘Still in OFFICE!! Not still alive FFS!!!’

MailOnline has contacted both Ofcom and This Morning for comment.

In 2016, Phillip once again apparently failed to remain impartial as he spoke at length about the shock US election results on This Morning.  

Talking about his worries on the show following Donald Trump’s win, he told viewers: ‘I had lunch with Piers Morgan a while ago and he told me that Trump would be President and I said, “He frightens the life out of me”.

'He frightens the life out of me': In 2016, Phillip once again apparently failed to remain impartial as he spoke at length about the shock US election results on This Morning

‘He frightens the life out of me’: In 2016, Phillip once again apparently failed to remain impartial as he spoke at length about the shock US election results on This Morning

‘I think a lot of people woke up this morning and thought, my God I am actually terrified that this man should be in charge.’

He continued: ‘Piers said, “No, no no, this is all a game, a plan. He is going to be outrageous. He is going to pull in people who want a change when he gets into the Oval office, he will become Presidential.”‘ 

Phillip also made his views clear on Twitter at the time, posting a cartoon of himself with the words: ‘What happened?’ written above it.

He captioned the image with the words: ‘… well it’ll be fascinating!!’ alongside a red-faced shocked emoji.

Twitter: Phillip also made his views clear on Twitter at the time, posting a cartoon of himself with the words: 'What happened?' written above it

 Twitter: Phillip also made his views clear on Twitter at the time, posting a cartoon of himself with the words: ‘What happened?’ written above it

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