Adil Ray has come under fire for making an ill thought out joke about alcohol during an interview with Paul Gascoigne.
Former footballer Gazza appeared on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday to discuss his eventful stint on Italy’s version of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.
Gazza wowed Adil and his co-host Susanna Reid with his Italian speaking skills which he translated as: ‘That means I’m OK, good morning, I’m starving, I miss my girlfriend, Susanna.’
‘Thanks for translating the Susanna bit because I wasn’t sure what that was,’ Adil quipped.
The presenter, who has filled in for Piers Morgan since he quit in March, then went on: ‘Gazza it’s amazing though, you spent how many years – you were at Lazio three seasons, three years and I’m guessing that’s where you picked it up and to hold onto because that was quite some time ago and you’ve had a few tipples since then as well so to keep that in you is really impressive.’
Adil’s quip took viewers by surprise given Gazza’s battle with alcoholism has been well-documented over the years.
Reacting to the comment, one viewer tweeted: ‘How fantastic to see Gazza looking and sounding so well. Lovely to see. As alcoholism is an illness. How dare adil ray. Try n belittle him slipping a below the belt jibe about having a few ripples since then! It’s a life long battle. Disgraceful ITV have such high standards.’
Paul Gascoigne’s alcoholism battle has been well-documented for decades (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Noting that Adil later apologised for Gazza accidentally swearing, one other viewer said: ‘Apologised for Gazza saying s**t. But nothing from Adil for saying to Gazza “how did you remember Italian considering you’ve had a few tipples since being in Lazio” .’
Another shocked viewer said: ‘Why is it acceptable for the presenter to say “you’ve had a few tipples” to someone who has publicly battled alcoholism for 30 years? Aren’t we supposed to be stopping this kind of thing?’
‘Would you have made a similar joke about someone with dementia remembering a second language? The disease of alcoholism nearly killed the man,’ one added.
Gazza perhaps didn’t take note of the joke as he made no mention of it and went on to happily discuss his time on Isola dei Famosi (Island of the Famous).
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.