Phillip Schofield condemned the men who harassed Chris Whitty as he walked through a London park.
England chief’s medical officer looked visibly distressed in footage which emerged yesterday, as he tried to walk away while two men put their arms around him.
Discussing the scenes on today’s episode of This Morning, the ITV hosts voiced their concerns for the health expert.
‘This is horrific actually,’ Holly Willoughby began as she introduced the clip.
Visibly angry, Phillip spat: ‘You stupid, stupid people.’
‘This is the third time that this has happened this year, to him,’ his co-star continued.
‘You can see he looks terrified, he doesn’t really know what’s going on. You would be completely shocked and horrified.’
‘For him, for Chris Whitty, utterly terrifying,’ Phillip continued.
As Holly added: ‘You should be allowed to walk through a park, you should be allowed to walk anywhere.
‘You wonder what it does to him.’
Susanna Reid and Martin Lewis also slammed those involved during a segment on Good Morning Britain earlier today, offering their support for Mr Whitty.
Describing the incident as ‘anarchic’, Susanna said: ‘I’ve never had anything negative. I’ve only ever had people politely say, “Aren’t you that person off the telly?” and then perhaps ask for a selfie.
‘But this sort of physically coercing someone in order to get a video stunt is… there’s something anarchic about it. Where is their sense of what’s right and wrong?’
‘He can’t really defend himself because as soon as he does lay hands on someone else, then they might have a reason to complain.
‘He’s so dignified, he’s so stoic but he shouldn’t have to be.
‘I tell you what if I ever walked past something like that, I’d be in there like a shot.’
The incident is thought to have taken place in St James’s Park, in London, on Sunday, with the video emerging yesterday.
Those involved have been condemned by many on social media, with Metropolitan Police investigating the incident.
MPs were quick to criticise the men in the video, with some calling for the scientific advisors to be given police protection.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is ‘shocked’ by the ‘despicable harassment’ of Professor Whitty.
Writing on Twitter, he said: ‘I condemn the behaviour of these thugs.
‘Our hard-working public servants should not have to face this kind of intimidation on our streets and we will not tolerate it.’
This Morning continues on weekdays, at 10am, on ITV.
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