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This is the most complained about television episode in Britain this year

This is the most complained about television episode in Britain this year

The most complained about British television episode in 2017

The most complained about show in Britain this year comes from none other than controversial shock jock Piers Morgan.

On an episode of Good Morning Britain, Morgan interviewed Dr Michael Davidson – who claimed he can cure gay people.

The pair got into an argument on air, with Davidson saying there was no evidence people are innately gay.

A heated debate about conversion therapy took place
A heated debate about conversion therapy took place (Image: Good Morning Britain) Good Morning Britain

Morgan then asked for Davidson to prove he’s straight.

But after a heated exchange, nothing is resolved. Morgan said: ‘You know what we call these people? We call them horrible little bigots in the modern world.

‘Bigoted people who talk complete claptrap and, in my view, a malevolent and dangerous part of our society,’ he said.

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This particular episode of Good Morning Britain received a total of 1,142 complaints to Ofcom –communications regulator in the UK.

The next highest complained about television episode was Melanie Phillips when she spoke to Sky News about Islam – with a total of 1,063 complaints.

Coming in at number three with 665 complaints, a low-cut dress worn by Amanda Holden on an episode of Britain’s Got Talent.

LGBTI-related complaints also include number six with an episode of British soap Emmerdale for homophobic abuse and number eight with an ITV interview on transgender issues.

Morgan took to Twitter on Wednesday (27 December) to react to the news:

Viewers complained the Piers Morgan interview gave air time to people with dangerous and outdated views.

Gay cure therapy is widely believed to be a sham. Despite this, the practice is still legal in the UK, but many call for its ban. It’s also banned on the NHS.

An Ofcom spokesperson said: ‘To help us protect standards on television, we always assess every complaint we receive from viewers. In 2017, we have investigated 187 programmes, and found 97 of these in breach of our broadcasting rules.’