Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby slammed for ‘fawning’ over Nigel Farage

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby have been slammed for 'fawning' over Nigel Farage.

The usually much-loved This Morning presenters caused outrage last December for posing for a cosy selfie with Boris Johnson after giving him an 'easier ride' than Jeremy Corbyn.

The trio were accused of 'cuddling up' after the Tory leader's live TV interview and saw a backlash on social media.

Phillip and Holly are now facing similar scorn after having a 'chummy giggle' with the Brexit Party leader – but as far as we know did not approach them for a cheeky selfie.

After discussing whether they should be celebrating Brexit day on January 31, they jokingly asked Nigel whether he would go on I'm A Celebrity.


Asked what he had been offered, Mr Farage said: "The jungle have been after me a couple of times.

"No, because I thought the Brexit thing hasn’t been done and I’ve got to stick around."

When Holly joked a few people would vote for him, Nigel replied: "I'd be doing every blooming trial there is.

"The problem with having an opinion is while some people love you a lot don't.



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Pushing for an answer on what he plans to do next, Phillip asked if he would do Strictly Come Dancing or his own show Dancing on Ice .

"I'm absolutely not doing that," said Nigel. "We’ll see what life brings. I was once quite normal. I had a family."

The interview ended with the I'm A Celebrity music playing in the studio.


Taking to Twitter , one viewer said: "Staggering that phil and holly laugh and have banter with anyone that isnt a member of the labour party"

"Pass through the lounge where the TV is on for the dog, and Schofe and Holly are having a right old chummy giggle with Nigel Farage. Imaging my surprise," added another.

A third said: "Nigel Farage on #ThisMorning…see if the presenters rush to do a selfie with that cretin also!"

"They absolutely fawned over him. Wow," said a fourth.

Phillip did question whether celebrating leaving the EU on January 31 was "rubbing people's noses in it".

Mr Farage said: "Whether you like it or not this is happening. After 47 years of something called an economic community and European Union we are deciding to become an independent nation.

"I think the vast majority of people are thinking 'we’re doing it let's make a success of it'."

This isn't the first time the presenters have caused outrage with a political interview.

In December last year, viewers were fuming when they shared a selfie with Boris after having a 'chummy' chat.

Viewers had already expressed their discomfort with Phillip's final question – where he asked Boris to "promise" to get Brexit done by the end of January, giving the PM an opportunity to trot out his favourite slogan one more time.

But when pictures emerged of the selfie being taken, angry voters vented in replies and tweets to the two broadcasters.

While Jeremy Corbyn was given a rough ride from the pair during his interview earlier on that week.

He faced repeated questions over anti-Semitism in the grilling – apologising for the hurt caused by racism in the Labour party and pledging to "deal with it".

The toughest moments in Johnson's This Morning appearance came over remarks he'd made about muslims, single mums and working class people in newspaper and magazine columns.

*This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10am

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