GMBs Adil Ray shares anger over losing three relatives in Covid pandemic in ITV show row

Good Morning Britain's Adil Ray shared his anger over losing three family members in the coronavirus pandemic.

TV star Adil, 47, was embroiled in a heated fall out with a guest on the ITV show on Tuesday 21 December as they discussed Boris Johnson.

Adil had a debate with Conservative commentator Alex Deane and journalist Nina Myskow about the recently released pictures of Boris, 57, having wine and cheese in the Downing Street garden with 18 others in the height of the lockdown.

The GMB presenter was accused of making the political debate "personal" by commentator Alex, who also branded the debate "appalling".

Adil said in the debate: ""At the start of the pandemic he was proudly saying he's been shaking hands.

"He sets the tone, it's leadership. It's no surprise as a result of that that some of his staff think it's OK to have cheese and wine parties because our very own leader has a complete disregard for the pandemic and the rules.

"Real responsibility has to come from the top, doesn't it Alex," Adil asked.

Tory commentator Alex replied: "I get you think this is the opportunity to have a go at – and potentially even bring down a Prime Minister – and I understand the excitement some people have of that…"

Adil then interrupted Alex as he said: "Alex, I'm not going to let you do that. I don't care whether it's Boris Johnson who is Prime Minister or not.

"I'm talking about people like me who lost people during this pandemic. Over 140,000 people. I lost three relatives, so don't say to me I'm trying to be political.

"There are people out there thinking, 'Why is he able to have cheese and wine in his garden and there are some people who weren't able to see their loved ones?'

"This isn't just politics. Please think about those people too, Alex."

Conservative commentator Alex then said: "Forgive me, if you're going to make it personal, Adil, you should probably know things about the people you're making personal wounds about.

"I think this is an extraordinary way to approach this debate."

Nina then jumped in and defended Adil and said: "Alex, he's allowed to make it personal. People have died, people have lost relatives and if you can't make it personal that is completely not respecting what he's saying."

The journalist then asked if Alex had lost anybody in the pandemic, to which Alex said: "I think this is an extraordinary way to approach this debate."

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Nina replied to explain that "real people are angry" and added: "You have no right to disrespect him by saying he shouldn't mention it."

Adil then interrupted to allow Alex to reply, who then revealed: "Christmas last was my father's last Christmas, if you must know. I don't know what right you have to demand as if there is some sort of point to be scored.

"He didn't get to see his mates for the last year of his life. Do I deeply regret that? Yes. Do I think the way you behave right now, abusing people and demanding they show their wounds and they only have a position if they have lost somebody is appalling."

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