Dermot O’Leary sends ‘polite request’ after backlash over The Bodyguard comments

Last week, a Manchester performance of the musical The Bodyguard was cut short and scrapped after riot police were called due to members of the public breaking the rules and singing. The dramatic scenes, first reported in the Manchester Evening News, quickly made headlines around the world, with police having to shut down Friday night’s performance after “fights” broke out among the audience.

The decision to ban members of the public from singing previously sparked a debate on This Morning as, with Holly Willoughby out for the Easter holiday and Phillip Schofield taking a break, it was left to alternate hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’ Leary to take the reins last week. But the presenting duo found themselves inundated with complaints about their discussion on The Bodyguard.

The presenting duo, alongside Vanessa Feltz, were accused of ‘shedding light on the situation’ when discussing the audience singing on the program last week. The show, which aired on Wednesday, saw the presenters discuss the producers’ decision to ban the public from singing, with Alison saying: “The staff take this very, very seriously and impose these rules and they walk regularly in the aisles before the performance and during intervals with no sign of singing,” while Dermot chuckled, “That’s great.

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Alison continued, “I mean, I can’t believe it. I’d be devastated I’m not even going to go to that show now.” And Vanessa said, “Isn’t that the point of going to a musical, you know, that you sing along to all the tunes you know and when you don’t know the words you make them up? N isn’t that what everyone does very very hard while eating ice cream?”

But, following the ‘disgusting’ scenes at the Palace Theater days after the ITV show aired, thousands of viewers complained on social media about the This Morning segment, while theater veterans like Dame Arlene Philips and Melody Thornton of the Pussycat Dolls supported the artists. and clarified that the behavior was unacceptable.

Dermot O’Leary shares ‘polite request’ for people judging his The Bodyguard singing comments as Alison Hammond says ‘sorry’(Picture: ITV)

Now Dermot O’Leary has responded to the backlash. And he has a “polite request” for his detractors.

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