ITV was forced to abandon live TV in the middle of Thursday’s season of This Morning, as the cast and crew were evacuated from the set because of an apparent bomb threat.
This morning addressed a “security threat” that prompted studio ITV to evacuate staff from the building and surrounding area on Thursday.
ITV has halted all daytime programming while the situation continues, as This Morning was turned off during transmission and an emergency episode aired instead.
Loose Women has also broadcast footage in the past, with it soon revealing the studios had been evacuated because of a possible bomb threat.
It was later reported that a package addressed to TV presenter Lorraine Kelly had caused security concerns, and resulted in evacuations with nearby train stations also closed.
This morning Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond tackled an incident on the sixth season of the daytime show.
Dermot opened the show saying, “We both had a very relaxing performance yesterday, watching the show at home when -” then the studio played an emergency bell in the background.
Dermot continued: “If you watched yesterday, you’ll notice we’re broadcasting a little earlier than usual. There was a security concern, but everything was fine. As you can see, they were. I’m ready for a good Friday.”
Lorraine Kelly confirmed that the package was sent to her and that the problem was with the battery inside the parcel that security scanned as suspicious.
Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard asked Lorraine on Friday about the incident and she explained: “I’m told, it looks like someone from a film company sent me a small gift.
“It had a battery and when they did an X-ray it looked a bit suspicious. But all is well and all is beautiful. It’s okay. ”
A source close to Lorraine later confirmed she was the one who intended to receive a box that a security officer picked up before it could reach her.
A source told The Sun: “People quickly assumed that whatever was in the box, it was sent to Lorraine.
“Everyone at ITV loved her – so everyone was very upset and very worried about the whole thing. Luckily everyone was safe, but it made everyone shiver.”
A statement from the Metropolitan Police at the time read: “At 11:14 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, police were called to a report of a security alert at Wood Lane, White City. It was reported a suspicious item was detected.
“The area has been evacuated as a precaution and subway stations in White City and Wood Lane are temporarily closed. The incident was extinguished shortly before 12:49 minutes. An investigation is underway.”
Meanwhile, ITV shared on both This Morning and Loose Women Twitter accounts: “We apologize for the interruption of the live show today. We are currently running pre-recorded content and hope to get back to you soon.”
This Morning airs at 10 a.m. weekdays on ITV and ITV Hub.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/mornings-alison-dermot-address-show-26441897 This Morning stars speech was broadcast about Lorraine Kelly's 'bomb threat'