There was a very large elephant in the room on Monday’s (3 October) ‘This Morning’, after Holly Willoughby accidentally brought up the show’s former weatherman, Fred Talbot, who is now a convicted paedophile.
Talbot was jailed for five years in 2015, after he was found guilty of a number of sex attacks on young boys, while he was working as a teacher in the 1980s.
The presenter mentioned the ex-forecaster as she read out tweets from viewers who were joining in the ITV daytime show’s 28th birthday celebrations.
Reading from an iPad, Holly said: “Living in Liverpool, I remember going to the Docks where Fred The Weatherman used to stand on.”
Holly seemingly realised her gaffe, as her speech slowly tapered off.
“This Morning, still as subtle as ever,” Phillip joked.
The awkward moment did not go unnoticed by fans on Twitter, either:
Talbot presented the weather on ‘This Morning’ from a floating map at the show’s original home at Liverpool’s Albert Dock.
Prior to finding fame of the show, Talbot worked as a biology teacher at Altrincham Grammar School for boys in Greater Manchester, until May 1984.
‘This Morning’ airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.