Viewers left 'disgusted' by female presenter's eating habits on TV breakfast show
Of all genres of entertainment, I feel that breakfast television shows are open to the worst kinds of criticism. It's early, people put on their TV in the background without feeling too invested in the show, and they're likely to be extra judgemental when they've just woken up and haven't yet had their morning coffee.
It's the most light-hearted of entertainment, with bubbly presenters joking about trivial issues and sitting in awe of special guests who come to tell some stories, yet still – breakfast show viewers are ready and willing to lay their wrath on the poor presenters.
This week, breakfast TV's latest victim is British TV personality, Amanda Holden. The presenter usually works on Britain's Got Talent, but occasionally helps stand in to co-host This Morning, a popular morning show in the UK.
The viewers were already disgruntled to hear their mainstay hosts wouldn't be easing them into the day, and the 46-year-old mother of two made things so much worse in the show's cooking segment.
The hosts invited popular chef and restaurant owner Yotam Assaf Ottolenghi to their show, where he prepared a lovely rolled pavlova with plums and blackberries (sounds delectable). He prepared the meringue roulade while Holden and her co-host Ben Shephard tittered away with awkward commentary, the former at one point telling Holden he'd quite like to "bury" her face in the pre-cooked whipped egg-white mixture (uhh... that was weird).
Things got worse after Ottolenghi pulled the freshly baked meringue base out of the oven, and started slopping some thick double cream over it. While that was going on, viewers were apparently disgusted by Holden's behaviour during the pavlova lesson.
As you might do, Holden dipped a pinky finger into the bowl of cream to have a little taste, before dropping a glob of it on the floor. The trio laughed nervously, then next thing you know, Holden bobs down, chirping: "three-second rule!", and pops back into view shoving the scooped up floor-cream into her mouth.
I mean, it's probably something that's okay to do in the comfort of your own home. But on national television? On breakfast television? Not such a wise move. The viewers were not happy, some even going so far as to call Holden a "tramp" (bit harsh).
Ottolenghi didn't really seem that bothered by Holden's spontaneous move to eat the fallen cream off the floor. Shepard, on the other hand, jeered: "That's awkward".
And it doesn't end there. The well-mannered viewers looked on in disgust as Holden, who had just scooped cream off the floor and into her mouth, went on to touch the plums and help assemble the pavlova with her grotty, contaminated mitts. Guys, I think I'm going to faint.
To top it all off, when Ottolenghi finally presented his meringue masterpiece, Holden told him his rolled pavlova looked like a "leg".
Yikes. You can see why fans can't deal with her in the mornings. But you know what? I think she's copped enough flack, so I'm just going to sit here and cringe forever about the whole entire segment.