GMB hit by Ofcom complaints after Dominic West's Trump comments

Good Morning Britain hit by Ofcom complaints after Dominic West said he ‘jumped for joy’ over Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis

  • A number of horrified viewers wrote to the broadcasting watchdog following Dominic’s comments on Friday’s episode of GMB
  • The Sun reported at the time of publication that 37 people had written to Ofcom to complain about Dominic’s comments
  • During his appearance on the show, the Wire star didn’t hold back when asked for his views on Trump’s positive result
  • The actor’s words were somewhat tone deaf, given that host Kate Garraways’s husband Derek, 53, has become the UK’s longest patient battling coronavirus
  • Kate revealed on Monday’s GMB that Dominic had contacted her to ‘personally apologise’ to her in case she was offended by his comments 

Good Morning Britain has been hit by complaints after Dominic West told viewers he ‘jumped for joy’ when he heard Donald Trump had coronavirus.

A number of horrified viewers wrote to the broadcasting watchdog after hearing Dominic, 50, tell Kate Garraway, whose husband Derek is still recovering from the deadly virus, that it was ‘karma’ the President had caught it.

The Sun reported at the time of publication that 37 people had written to Ofcom to complain about Dominic’s comments on the morning news programme.

Unimpressed: Good Morning Britain has been hit by complaints after Dominic West told viewers he ‘jumped for joy’ when he heard Donald Trump had coronavirus

MailOnline have reached out Ofcom and Good Morning Britain for comment. 

During his appearance on the show, the Wire star didn’t hold back when asked for his views on Trump’s positive result after the President, 74, had minimised the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic for months.

Appearing on video link from his Wiltshire home, Dominic was branded ‘evil’ and ‘disgusting’ after saying: ‘Well I did slightly leap in the air with joy.

‘I think the phrase is “what goes around comes around”. I just hope it doesn’t interfere with him being elected out of office that’s all.’ 

Complaints: A number of horrified viewers wrote to the broadcasting watchdog after hearing Dominic, 50, tell Kate Garraway, whose husband Derek is still recovering from the deadly virus, that it was ‘karma’ the President had caught it (pictured Trump on Monday)

Writing in: The Sun reported at the time of publication that 37 people had written to Ofcom to complain about Dominic’s comments on the morning news programme

Kate questioned if Dominic was suggesting he wished Trump well on a personal level, but perhaps felt this was karmic given that Trump had previously downplayed the virus.

The actor’s words were somewhat tone deaf, given that Kate’s husband Derek Draper, 53, has become the longest patient battling coronavirus in hospital in the UK as he enters his seventh month in hospital.

Dominic said: ‘Well there’s an element of schadenfreude I suppose.

‘I’m not a fan of his, as you can probably tell, and I just hope Biden stays healthy and gets the presidency as quickly as possible. I think Trump is a catastrophe for America and the world.’ 

Making amends: During Monday’s episode of GMB, Kate revealed that Dominic ‘personally apologised’ to her after he said he ‘jumped for joy’ over Donald Trump ‘s COVID diagnosis

Dominic also added that he hoped the diagnosis would make Trump supporters take the virus more seriously than they had in the past.

While the US President is certainly a divisive figure, some viewers felt as though Dominic shouldn’t have rejoiced over someone getting a potentially fatal virus.

However during Monday’s episode of GMB, Kate revealed that Dominic ‘personally apologised’ to her after he said he ‘jumped for joy’ over Donald Trump’s COVID diagnosis. 

Kate said he ‘wasn’t aware’ her husband Derek was ‘still sick’ with coronavirus. 

Discussing his comments, Kate said: ‘I was surprised because I don’t think Dominic meant, well he’s been in touch directly with me, to apologise personally to me.

‘He wasn’t aware that Derek had coronavirus and was still sick and was worried that I had been upset by it. I wasn’t upset for those reasons, I was surprised because I went on to say afterwards, I’m sure you join us in wishing him [Trump] the very best.

‘Personally, whatever your views may be. I don’t think he meant that, I think he’s not a Trump supporter.

‘I think it’s a symptom of Donald Trump’s behaviour throughout this pandemic he’s appeared to thumb his nose in it and he was jumping for joy at the idea he might now feel the effects of it. A reality check.’

‘Wasn’t aware’: Talking on the show, the presenter, 53, said he ‘wasn’t aware’ her husband Derek Draper, 53, was ‘still sick’ with coronavirus

Coronavirus: Dominic was heavily criticised for explaining how he ‘jumped for joy’ upon learning President Trump has coronavirus 

She added: ‘I don’t believe Dominic West would wish someone ill.’

Discussing Trump’s messages throughout his treatment, Kate continued: ‘That plays into the idea… you get coronavirus, you survive, you’re a hero. You’re not, you’re very lucky, the heroes are the people treating you and helping you to survive.’

Giving an update about Derek, who has been in hospital battling coronavirus since March, she said: ‘Derek, who has no longer tested positive for coronavirus, children aren’t allowed to see him, his mum and dad haven’t seen him.’

Also discussing Dominic’s comments on Friday’s show, co-host Piers Morgan called them ‘unacceptable’. 

Painful: Dominic’s words were tone deaf given that her husband Derek Draper has become the longest patient battling coronavirus in hospital in the UK (pictured in December 2019) 

He said: ‘You can have whatever view you like of Donald Trump, I’ve had very positive views of him and this year very negative views of him. A lot of people love him, a lot of people hate it. 

‘It doesn’t matter though, if a human being gets coronavirus, which we know has killed one million people, if a human being is in his 70s, has underlying weight issues and so on, therefore quite a lot of risk.  

‘Forget Trump’s behaviour, forget everything for the moment, as a human being, to say you jump for joy when someone gets coronavirus. 

‘To say it frankly, when you have a presenter on this show whose husband is still in a coma. I found that unacceptable.’

She added: ‘He wasn’t aware that Derek had coronavirus and was still sick and was worried that I had been upset by it. I wasn’t upset for those reasons, I was surprised because I went on to say afterwards, I’m sure you join us in wishing him [Trump] the very best.’ 

‘How vile and evil to get joy from the suffering of others:’ GMB viewers slammed Dominic on Friday for telling Kate he ‘jumped for joy’ over Trump’s Covid diagnosis

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