Patsy Palmer on GMB: why did the actress storm off Good Morning Britain - and how did Ben Shephard apologise

The actress took exception to being labelled “addict to wellness guru” by show producers

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 9:25 am

Patsy Palmer stormed off her Good Morning Britain interview after being offended by her billing.

The 48-year-old actress was participating in a virtual interview, from her home in Malibu, cradling her dog on her lap.

But when she read a strapline, which read “addict to wellness guru”, she told hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard she would be doing “a Piers Morgan”.

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Patsy Palmer cut her interview on GMB short (ITV)

What did Patsy Palmer say?

Reid began the interview by asking Palmer about living in the US, saying: “I wonder if you do get more privacy over there?”

The star replied “Yeah, I think you do” before saying: “You know what, actually, I don’t even want to do this interview because I don’t even want to look at what it says at the bottom of that screen.

“So, I’m just going to switch off and do a real Piers Morgan and just say, ‘It’s not OK to have ‘from addict to wellness guru’ on the bottom of the screen.”

The addiction issues “were talked about by me many, many years ago and it’s over”, she said before shutting her laptop.

Morgan walked off the set of Good Morning Britain earlier this month after a heated discussion with weather presenter Alex Beresford over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

He later left his position as co-host of the ITV show, after saying he did not believe the duchess’s remarks in the interview with Oprah Winfrey.

How did the hosts apologise?

The TV hosts apologised to Palmer, who took part in ITV show The Masked Singer, with Shephard saying: “I’m so sorry about that Patsy, huge apologies.

“It wasn’t our intention to upset you.”

Reid added: “I had no idea that was on the screen.

“Well that’s a terrible shame. Our apologies to Patsy.

“She’s entitled not to do the interview and we carry on.”

Shephard told viewers later: “Our intention was never to upset Patsy Palmer.

“We were very keen to talk to her… She has talked in the past, in her book, particularly about her addiction, her stint in rehab…and now she has a wellness brand…

“It was the journey she has been on… that’s what we mistakenly misread…

“We do apologise to Patsy and clearly she was very upset by that and that is certainly not how we like to do things.”

And Reid said: “It’s everybody’s right not to be on this programme if they don’t want to be, as we know.”