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Alison Hammond in tears after ITV co-star breaks down over speech disorder
GMB’s Ed Ball gets emotional speaking to Gareth Gates
Alison Hammond was amongst many left in tears over Ed Balls’ emotional appearance on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday.
The presenter, 56, broke down live on the show as he and Gareth Gates, 39, discussed their experiences with a stammer and how they had inspired each other.
After co-star Susanna Reid realised he was crying, she urged their guest to give him a hug in support which he happily accepted.
Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, after the moment Alison, 48, wrote: “Watching @edballs and @Gareth_Gates on @GMB in tears. Just so beautiful. Happy tears.”
Many other viewers shared their thoughts, as another added: “Now this was a golden moment! Genuine, authentic respect for one another x.”
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A third typed: “Well done to Ed this morning, to show emotions is hard enough let alone on live TV.”
“I got tears in my eyes too! Two inspirational men,” a fourth commented.
During the chat, Ed praised Gareth for showing that you can still achieve goals without letting a speech impediment hold you back.
Susanna told the former Pop Idol runner-up that he’d be “a role model to people watching,” to which Ed chimed in: “You inspired me, you really did.”
He continued: “I thought, ‘If Gareth Gates can do this, I can too and if he can be public, I can be public too’.
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“And it was really hard but I did it because you showed me how to do it.”
“Thank you, thank you for saying that,” the singer replied. “It means a lot.”
“I feel privileged just to be here in between you both,” Susanna commented as Ed fought back tears.
Reacting to his emotional display, Gareth said: “Bless you mate,” before going to hug him.
As stated by the NHS, stammering, also sometimes referred to as stuttering, affects speech and is relatively common in childhood, but can also can persist into adulthood.
There are two types of the speech disorder; developmental stammering and acquired or late-onset stammering.
Different speech and language therapy approaches can help people who stammer to speak more easily.
Stamma (the British Stammering Association) has more information and support for people who stammer and parents of stammering children.
You can call the helpline on 0808 802 0002 from Monday to Friday 10am to midday and 6pm to 8pm to find out about the services available in your area.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.