Richard Madeley’s 4 most controversial Good Morning Britain moments
In his time on Good Morning Britain, Richard Madeley has had no shortage of memorable moments.
A co-anchor on the programme since 2017, the presenter often appears alongside Susanna Reid as they discuss pressing topics of the day.
Whether it’s through interactions with guests, or by offering his personal take on a story, Madeley is known to audiences for expressing himself in an unfiltered manner.
Viewers are quick to share their thoughts on Madeley’s most eyebrow-raising moments on social media.
Here is a rundown of his most controversial moments so far.
Comparing climate activists to paedophiles
Madeley’s most recent moment of controversy took place on 28 March during a conversation about the decision of a group of Britain’s top lawyers to refuse to prosecute climate activists.
“If these people, these barristers and lawyers, have announced they will not prosecute – they simply won’t even get started in a court of law – someone who has glued themselves to the road as part of a Just Stop Oil protest, are they still happy to defend, say, a paedophile?” Madeley asked.
Some viewers expressed their disdain for his comments online, with one writing: “Note to Richard Madeley - if you do not have anything sensible to say please don’t say anything.”
Butting heads with Mick Lynch
In December 2022, Mick Lynch appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss the strike action that was due to take place across the transport network.
Madeley was passionate in his questioning of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) leader, and pressed Lynch on the timing of the strikes.
“Why couldn’t you have put all these strikes in January?” Madeley asked Lynch. “Why do you have to target people at Christmas? You’ll be putting people out of business who run hotels, who run restaurants, who run bars, and retail.”
“Well, we’re not targeting Christmas,” Lynch replied. “It isn’t Christmas yet, Richard. I don’t know when your Christmas starts, but mine starts on Christmas Eve.”
Viewers were less than impressed with Madeley’s conduct in the conversation, with one online commenter tweeting: “Richard Madeley needs to calm down and let other people speak. A lot of the public stand with the rail strikers and nurses etc.”
Shamima Begum and Hitler Youth comments
During a discussion on whether former Isis bride Shamima Begum should be allowed to return to the country, Madeley went off on a tangent about the Second World War.
“Obviously, we had the Nuremberg trials after the war and we hanged quite a few Nazis and imprisoned a lot of others and we let them out eventually.
“But we didn’t go after the Hitler Youth as far as I’m aware. We didn’t go after the Hitler Youth – we only went after adults who served in the Hitler regime. And that’s something to reflect on, I think.”
Susanna Reid appeared to be baffled by her co-host’s reflections, and it led to some viewers comparing him to Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan’s bumbling broadcaster character.
Debating with Dr Hilary about Covid lockdown restrictions
In July 2021, Madeley clashed opinions with Dr Hilary Jones, a longtime contributor to the programme, over their differing views on lockdown restrictions.
The GP claimed that the UK should take rising Covid-19 cases more seriously – as Australia was at the time – rather than “abandoning” restrictions altogether.
However, Madeley opposed Dr Jones’s caution, telling him: “But we have the vaccine and Australia hasn’t.”
When Hilary explained that vaccines didn’t provide “100 per cent protection”, Madeley said that he was being “misleading”.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV1 and ITVX.