‘The other guy!’ Nick Ferrari in brutal slap down of Dermot O’Leary as he ignores him
Nick Ferrari says Dermot O'Leary has been 'so quiet'
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Nick, 62, joined Dermot O’Leary, 48, and Alison Hammond, 46, on This Morning, with Gogglebox star Gyles Brandreth, 73, to discuss the day’s headlines. The political broadcaster gave his view on a number of matters, from the update being given on travel restrictions to whether children are being failed in the education system due to lack of funding. However, Dermot was particularly quiet during the conversation on the ITV programme and this led the LBC radio presenter to ask if he was neglected in the discussion at hand.
In the midst of talking about the travel restrictions, Nick said: “Why can’t someone in this country of certain levels with a double vaccination go to another country where there is a similar sort of level?
“And I’m just thinking Gyles, and everyone else, Alison and the other fella,” he continued as he slapped down Dermot.
“I was just checking he’s there. He’s been so quiet and he’s never been this quiet. I thought he was having a tea break,” the radio presenter continued.
The studio burst into laughter over the somewhat awkward moment before Nick proceeded to carry on with the conversation at hand.
“I just think if we don’t do this [travel], there are millions of jobs in Britain that rely on the airlines and the travel business.”
However, one topic of conversation the host was not so quiet about earlier this week revolved around the coronavirus vaccine.
The presenter was interviewing guest and presenter Beverley Turner, 47, who stipulated that young people shouldn’t have to get the jab.
Making her case, she said: “It does not stop you catching or passing on the virus,” but the host strongly disagreed.
“It does,” Dermot hit back, before explaining: “The finest minds of science have – in an extraordinary short amount of time – come up with this vaccine.”
I was just checking he’s there
“It’s proven it’s working, statistically. Why are you so cynical?” he asked, with Beverley saying her cautionary attitude came as there was “no long-term data”.
Dermot added: “We don’t have a chance to have long-term data because we have this virus that’s killing people around the whole world.
“We don’t have that luxury, surely. Why are you so sceptical about the whole thing?” he enquired, with the guest replying: “Because of the fact, there’s a 99.8 per cent survival rate from Covid-19. The average age of death is 82.
“This jab is not a vaccine by any traditional definition. It doesn’t stop you catching Sars CoV-2, it doesn’t stop you transmitting it,” she continued.
Dermot and Alison have been presenting the show all week in replacement of Eamonn Holmes, 61, and his wife, Ruth Langsford, 61.
The latter pair are known for hosting the programme on Fridays, as well as when the academic holidays are in session.
However, they have been missing from proceedings during the May half-term after being replaced by Dermot and Alison for their Friday slots in January.
For those fans who were worried about whether Eamonn and Ruth would ever return, ITV have confirmed the duo will be on hosting duties throughout the summer.
Having hosted the show together for six months, the pair spoke on ITV’s Lorraine about their anniversary last week.
Dermot said of working with his co-star: “When you start a show and work with someone normally they’ll say ‘this is someone we’re thinking of pairing you with’ and you’ll go out for lunch or a meeting.. but it was literally like ‘you’re on air in half an hour’.
“When you are co-presenting it takes a while to get used to those nuances and beats.
“You find out about each other’s sense of humour, what you like about each other and what you don’t like about each other. That can take about two months.”
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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