Phillip Schofield is slammed for ‘tasteless’ quip about Alzheimer’s

Phillip Schofield was called “insipid and insensitive” after making a joke about Viagra helping Alzheimer’s patients on Wednesday’s episode of This Morning.

The 59-year-old host was discussing the latest health news during a segment of the show with GP Nighat Arif when he made a controversial statement that the professional flatly ignored.

After bringing the news about the possible help of the drug, he joked: “So they can remember that they left the door open but cannot get close enough to close it.”

Not happy: Phillip Schofield was called 'insipid and insensitive' after making a joke about Viagra helping Alzheimer's patients on Wednesday's episode of This Morning.

Not happy: Phillip Schofield was called ‘insipid and insensitive’ after making a joke about Viagra helping Alzheimer’s patients on Wednesday’s episode of This Morning.

Viewers weren’t happy with her statement and took to Twitter to call her ‘tacky’ and ‘insensitive’, while others found the comment amusing.

One wrote: ‘I usually like you, but I just saw you make a joke that Viagra has a potential cure for Alzheimer’s’ so you can remember to open the door, but you can’t get close enough to open it’ Please don’t you joke insensibly!

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

Serious: The 59-year-old host was discussing the latest health news during a segment of the show with GP Nighat Arif (pictured) when he made the controversial statement.

Serious: The 59-year-old host was discussing the latest health news during a segment of the show with GP Nighat Arif (pictured) when he made the controversial statement.

Joke?  After bringing the news, he joked, 'So they can remember that they left the door open but can't get close enough to close it.'

Joke? After bringing the news, he joked, ‘So they can remember that they left the door open but can’t get close enough to close it.’

Someone else said, ‘Now mocking Alzheimer’s … the guy is an absolute fool! And that’s me being polite!

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

Others, however, saw the funny side, with writing, “I loved the joke, Phil,” while another said, “She deflected that cheeky joke well, so Phil!”

Reaction: Viewers weren't happy with her statement, taking to Twitter to call her 'tacky' and 'insensitive', while others found the comment amusing.

Reaction: Viewers weren’t happy with her statement, taking to Twitter to call her ‘tacky’ and ‘insensitive’, while others found the comment amusing.

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

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

MailOnline has contacted a Phillip representative for comment.

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

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

Hancock, who is now separated from his wife, Martha, played down the tease on This Morning, telling Schofield, “No, I can’t blame that on dyslexia or anything else.”

Co-host Holly Willoughby, who has revealed that she is also dyslexic, answered her question with a smile.

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

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

Although the MP also responded with a slight smile, critics called the presenter’s comments “disgusting” and “pathetic”, and one Twitter user accused him of “totally unnecessary and disrespectful behavior towards people with dyslexia.”

Schofield asked the question, “Was it your dyslexia that meant you misread the social distancing rules?” after a segment in which Mr. Hancock had been promoting his campaign for all children to be screened for dyslexia before they drop out of elementary school.

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

‘In fact, I’m not asking for special favors because I’m dyslexic.

Answer: Hancock, who is now separated from his wife, Martha, downplayed the tease on This Morning, telling Schofield, 'No, I can't blame that on dyslexia or anything else.'

Answer: Hancock, who is now separated from his wife, Martha, downplayed the tease on This Morning, telling Schofield, ‘No, I can’t blame that on dyslexia or anything else.’

In that case it was a mistake and I apologized for it.

“That was a leadership failure because I came to shows like this to tell people to do things and I was not following the rules.”

Schofield then asked, “Do you regret not being there yet?”

“I think Sajid Javid is doing an excellent job,” Hancock replied.

‘Better than you?’ Schofield asked.

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

“In those jobs the pressures are great, but that’s no excuse, it was a leadership failure on my part.”

Kate Griggs from 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 result in challenges with reading and spelling, which are very real for millions of children and should not be taken lightly, it also results in staggering strengths that are vital to the workplace.”

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

OMG: 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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