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This Morning expert ‘dropped’ from ITV show after controversial coronavirus tweets

This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, as well as Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary, are usually joined by an expert a few days a week to host a phone-in segment to help viewers. But in recent months, it seems ITV bosses have decided not to invite psychologist Emma Kenny onto the show. It comes after she provoked controversy with her public outburst over the coronavirus tier system put in place by the government last year. 

Emma used to appear up to three times a week to help This Morning offer advice and support to viewers, but she has been notably absent since November. 

Her Twitter account, however, has not been muted, instead, she has been outspoken about the methods put in place to limit the pandemic’s spread. 

As a result, it has been reported that ITV has faced criticism for presenting Emma as an expert “while failing to act over her off-screen comments”. 

An unnamed source told The Daily Mail: “Those at the top put up with it for a few months but it got to the point where the backlash was too much.” 

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The comments which have raised eyebrows and have apparently “attracted the attention of broadcasting watchdog Ofcom” are about breaking coronavirus rules and her overall scepticism for the system currently in place. 

One tweet from December read: “Two truths can be held at the same time…hospitals are busy at this time of year as they always are, and lockdowns are killing more than they will cure.” 

In a separate comment, the psychologist said: “The evidence on lockdowns is clear. They cause way more damage than they heal…children are starving in the U.K. and yes still SAGE call for more. This is the opposite of Safeguarding. We must keep children safe from harm, abuse and neglect…we must protect them from SAGE.”

Earlier last year, Emma directed a comment to two Conservative politicians: “Just want to check in with you @BorisJohnson and @Matt Hancock just to politely inform you that I’m declining your tiers because you have no evidence to base them on! The law of the land must be based on the interests of the population. I’m taking back my kids’ future.” 

One other tweet from the This Morning expert read: “I’m going to have parties, see my friends, invite EVERYONE around! I’m going to visit elderly neighbours and take cake, I’m not wearing a mask and I’m going to do what as a human I was born to do… socialise.” 

Express.co.uk contacted ITV for comment and a spokesperson for This Morning said: “Emma Kenny is one of a host of expert contributors we continue to feature on the show.”

Express.co.uk has also contacted Emma’s representative for a comment too. 

As for the comments Emma would make when she did appear on This Morning; back in October, Holly asked her about the northern lockdown which was eventually changed to an England-wide lockdown. 

“You feel really strongly about this, don’t you? You think this is…a nonsense really and goes against what the WHO has said,” Holly said. 

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Emma replied: “That’s exactly it. I think at the beginning, I want to make it clear, I didn’t know anything about it at the beginning and Boris Johnson did what he did and we all had to wait because we didn’t know the science, we didn’t know the data. But we do now. 

“So we know for example there are a lot of cases rising in a lot of areas correlate with university students who are mostly a-symptomatic – they aren’t going to be causing problems because they’ll carry on with each other and stay in their 14-days quarantine. 

“But actually, what’s really problematic is an expert at Stanford [university] saying lockdowns don’t work, the government saying the deaths that are going to come from all the other issues associated with lockdown are going to be bigger than we’ve had from coronavirus, so it’s not logical, linear and doesn’t make a difference. 

“I have been obsessed with the government’s data, because I know you’re not allowed an opinion these days unless you can evidence it. But one of the the things that has been clear to me, it’s [the number of coronavirus cases] has risen in the areas [that are lockdown] because people get cover in family networks and they aren’t dying of it. 

“It’s really, really tragic now for mental health,” she added. “I’m not just against it [lockdown], international organisations are against it as well. 

“So what is our government doing?” 

Emma also addressed the “negativity” she receives for “having an opinion online”.  

Phillip continued: “You believe the cure is worse than the virus?” 

“So if I stand to the side of my opinion and look at the studies done on these issues from lockdown, they are quantifying my opinion,” Emma argued. 

“I am not forming that opinion myself, I am listening to the people who have done the research and WHO, who are saying ‘this will not work’.. ‘it’s going to be more dangerous by far.’”  

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV. 



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