Graham Norton has said he turned down “queue jump tickets” to see the Queen lying in condition but This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby “didn’t do anything wrong”.
His couple have been targeted on social media for claiming they jumped on the public line to pay their respects at Westminster Hall earlier this month.
The show’s boss insisted that the host duo attended as members of the media to film a segment for the show Tuesday.
Appearing as a guest on Nihal Arthanayake’s BBC Radio 5 Live, talk show host Norton said he was offered to skip the public queue by a congressman friend but refused.
Discussing the severity of the public debate in recent years, he said: “For example, recently Phil and Holly and the queue. As far as I know, they didn’t do anything wrong.
“There is a two-tier system. You can jump the queue. Now, I was offered tickets by a friend of mine to jump in the queue.
“He was an MP and he said, ‘Do you want to come?’ And I didn’t say yes because I thought if someone saw me, I’d take it to the neck. And that’s what I think.
They did nothing wrong. Absolutely nothing wrong. But foolishly they didn’t think that people would be upsetGraham Norton
“So I suppose what Phil and Holly got wrong was that they thought people wouldn’t care. I guess it’s their fault.
“The queue really jumps? They did nothing wrong. Absolutely nothing wrong. But foolishly they didn’t think that people would get upset.”
When This Morning returned on Tuesday after the Queen’s funeral, Willoughby addressed the criticism on social media, saying in a pre-recorded segment: “Know that we will never line up. .”
Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner also expressed concern about their targeting.
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She said last week: “I was worried about them because even though they’re celebrities… they’re human beings and I just thought ‘wow’.”
Around a quarter of a million people are said to have paid their respects directly by viewing the Queen’s coffin during her time in state.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/holly-and-phil-did-nothing-wrong-by-attending-lying-in-state-says-graham-norton-42017914.html Graham Norton says: Holly and Phil did nothing wrong by lying in the state