This Morning hit with over 200 Ofcom complaints after heated Beverley Turner row

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This Morning has been hit with fresh Ofcom complaints after guest Beverley Turner and host Dermot O'Leary had a heated row over the coronavirus vaccine.

The television watchdog regulator has revealed that 255 complaints were lodged against the ITV daytime show this week, 52 complaints were made against Beverley.

195 viewers objected to comments by Dermot and guest Matthew Wright as part of the discussion with Beverley, while five concerned to comments made by host Alison Hammond relating to vaccination.

A further three complaints were made about comments regarding the wedding of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and partner Carrie Symonds.

Dermot and Alison welcomed journalists Matthew and Beverley to This Morning on May 31 to discuss the latest news headlines.

During the fiery segment about the coronavirus jab, Beverley claimed it doesn’t prevent people "catching or passing on" Covid-19.

"It’s a trial drug, we are still in clinical trials," she argued. "We have no long-term data."

Hitting back at Beverley’s comments, X Factor host Dermot said: "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?"

Beverley replied: "Because of the fact, there's a 99.8% survival rate from Covid-19. The average age of death is 82."

Refusing to give in, Dermot asked her: "Are we not supposed to care about those people?"

"This jab is not a vaccine by any traditional definition," she claimed.

"It doesn't stop you catching Sars CoV-2, it doesn't stop you transmitting it."

At one point in the segment, fellow guest Matthew branded Beverley "massively irresponsible".

Following the heated debate, Professor Tim Spector joined the programme to give audiences facts about the coronavirus vaccine.

"Vaccines are very effective at both stopping you getting the virus, and also reducing the amount of virus you get so that it’s much harder to transmit it," he said.

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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were back on presenting duty on Wednesday to host the ITV flagship show.

Dermot and Alison stepped in the host the programme last week as Holly and Phillip enjoyed a half-term break.

The dynamic duo usually present the show on Fridays.

This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10am

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