Richard Madeley has slammed Sir Keir Starmer’s appearance on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and has branded him ’embarrassing’ for crying during the interview.
The Labour leader joined the programme at the start of the month where he broke down in tears as he opened up about his grief at losing his mother just weeks before he was elected as an MP.
Good Morning Britain presenter Richard wasn’t impressed by Sir Keir’s sit-down chat with Piers though and told Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jonathan Ashworth that his ‘toes curled’ as he watched it.
‘It was a bit embarrassing to see the leader of the opposition, who’s got quite a lot on his plate at the moment and a lot to do, going on a talk show really and crying,’ he said on today’s show.
‘It was odd.’
Mr Ashworth, however, thought the interview was ‘excellent’.
Sir Keir appeared on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories earlier this month (Picture: ITV)
Richard Madeley said the Labour leader’s interview was ’embarrassing’ (Picture: ITV)
Richard’s comments ‘disappointed’ viewers online, with one writing: ‘According to Richard Madeley, its wrong for men to go on TV and cry.
‘Very disappointed in your program today. Its difficult for men to discuss mental health at the best of times but you have just helped push the conversation back a little.’
Echoing a similar sentiment, another added: ‘ITV do this whole mental health campaign but then you’ve got the hosts of GMB saying it’s embarrassing for the Labour leader to cry on TV.’
Besides discussing his mother’s death on Life Stories, Sir Keir was also pressed by Piers on his drugs use.
Piers asked: ‘Have you ever dabbled in anything stronger than alcohol?
‘You did not spend all your time at Leeds University in the library, did you? So, a cheeky spliff here and there?’
Sir Keir refused 14 times to answer the question, eventually saying: ‘We worked hard and played hard.’
Pressed to explain the remark, he added: ‘Drugs weren’t my thing.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.