Phillip Schofield criticized for ‘tasteless’ Alzheimer’s joke

Phillip Schofield was branded “tasteless and insensitive” after he joked about Viagra to help Alzheimer’s patients on Wednesday’s episode of This Morning.

The host, 59, discussed the latest health news on a segment of the show with primary care physician Dr. Nighat Arif when he made a controversial statement that was flatly ignored by the professional.

After breaking the news about the drug that could potentially help, he joked, “So they can remember leaving the door open but can’t get close enough to close it.”

Not happy: Phillip Schofield was branded ‘tasteless and insensitive’ after he joked about Viagra helping Alzheimer’s patients on Wednesday’s episode of This Morning

Viewers were not happy with his statement, calling it “tasteless” and “insensitive” on Twitter, while others found the comment funny.

One wrote, “Usually I like you, but I just saw you joking that Viagra may have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease,” so you can remember to open the door but can’t get close enough to take it. to open’. joke insensitive!’

Another said: ‘There are just things you don’t joke about. It’s such a terribly cruel disease.’

Seriously: The 59-year-old host discussed the latest health news on a segment of the show with primary care physician Dr.  Nighat Arif (pictured) as he made the controversial statement

Seriously: The 59-year-old host discussed the latest health news on a segment of the show with primary care physician Dr. Nighat Arif (pictured) as he made the controversial statement

Joke?  After breaking the news, he joked: 'So they can remember leaving the door open but can't get close enough to close it'

Joke? After breaking the news, he joked: ‘So they can remember leaving the door open but can’t get close enough to close it’

Someone else said, ‘Now making fun of Alzheimer’s… that guy is an absolute fool! And that’s my courtesy!’

A fourth said: ‘As someone whose mother had dementia, I was not impressed. Any breakthrough drug for that horrible disease is welcome.’

Others, however, saw the funny side, with one writing, “Loved the joke Phil,” while another saying, “She played that cheeky joke nicely when Phil!”.

Response: Viewers were not happy with his statement, calling it

Response: Viewers were not happy with his statement, calling it “tasteless” and “insensitive” on Twitter, while others found the comment funny

Not Impressed: Dr.  Nighat ignored the joke and continued her health segment on the show

Not Impressed: Dr. Nighat ignored the joke and continued her health segment on the show

MailOnline has reached out to a representative of Phillip for comment.

It comes after yesterday that Philip was criticized for mocking Matt Hancock by asking, “Was it your dyslexia that made you misread the social distancing rules?”

The disgraced health minister was caught on CCTV footage in June passionately kissing his married assistant and millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo against the door of his Whitehall office.

Mr. Hancock, now estranged from his wife, Martha, brushed off the This Morning joke and told Schofield, “No, I can’t blame that on dyslexia or anything else.”

Co-host Holly Willoughby, who has revealed she is also dyslexic, responded with a grin to his question.

Uncomfortable!  It comes after yesterday that Philip was criticized for mocking Matt Hancock by asking,

Uncomfortable! It comes after yesterday that Philip was criticized for mocking Matt Hancock by asking, “Was it your dyslexia that made you misread the social distancing rules?”

While the MP also responded with a slight grin, critics called the host’s comments “disgusting” and “pathetic,” with one Twitter user accusing him of “totally unnecessary and disrespectful toward people with dyslexia.”

Schofield posed the question, “Was it your dyslexia that made you misread the social distancing rules?” after an excerpt in which Mr Hancock promoted his campaign to screen all children for dyslexia before leaving primary school.

Mr Hancock said: ‘No, I can’t blame that on dyslexia or anything else.

“Actually, I’m not asking for special favors because I’m dyslexic.

Response: Mr Hancock, now estranged from his wife, Martha, brushed aside This Morning's joke and told Schofield: 'No, I can't blame that on dyslexia or anything else'

Response: Mr Hancock, now estranged from his wife, Martha, brushed aside This Morning’s joke and told Schofield: ‘No, I can’t blame that on dyslexia or anything else’

“In that case, it was a mistake and I apologize for it.

“That was a leadership failure because I’ve come on shows like this to tell people to do things and I wasn’t playing by the rules myself.”

Schofield then asked, “Are you sorry you’re still not here?”

‘I think Sajid Javid is doing an excellent job,’ replied Mr Hancock.

“Better than you?” asked Schofield.

“Who knows, because there are so many uncertainties and new things that affect us, like the Omicron variant,” said Mr. Hancock.

‘There is a lot of pressure in those jobs, but that’s no excuse, it was a leadership failure on my part.’

Kate Griggs, of campaign group Made By Dyslexia, told MailOnline: ‘Philip’s question highlights why we need to redefine dyslexia. Dyslexics process information differently, creatively.

“While dyslexia can lead to problems with reading and spelling – which are very real to millions of children and should not be underestimated – it also results in amazing strengths that are vital to the workplace.”

Oh dear: Critics called Schofield's comments 'disgusting' and 'pathetic', with one Twitter user accusing him of 'totally unnecessary and disrespectful behavior towards people with dyslexia'

Oh dear: Critics called Schofield’s comments ‘disgusting’ and ‘pathetic’, with one Twitter user accusing him of ‘totally unnecessary and disrespectful behavior towards people with dyslexia’

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