Piers Morgan quickly moved on the conversation after Dame Joan Collins started questioning why Phillip Schofield announced he was gay during a ‘pronounced statement’.
The superstar actress said it was ‘odd’ that people have to make such a ‘big statement’ about their sexuality during ITV’s Good Morning Britain today (Monday).
Joined by guests Kelly and Sharon Osbourne during the show’s GMB Oscars special panel, Joan said ‘everyone who knew him knew he was gay’.
Piers directly asked Joan whether they should be discussing the issue and whether Schofield should have felt the need to come out in the way he did, reports Manchester Evening News.
He said: “Have we not reached the stage now where tolerance and acceptance where making a public statement about your sexuality almost feels like, why are we still making people go through this?”
Joan replied: “That’s what I thought when I saw it. I thought, why does he have to do that? It seems like he was living a fine life. Everyone who knew him knew he was gay. Why does he want to tell anybody and confess, as it were?
“We take for granted these days that people are gay, lesbian or trans, or whatever. It seems a little odd to make a big pronounced statement…”
Kelly then butted in with her opinion.
“I loved Phillip Schofield when I thought he was straight and I love Phillip Schofield now that I know he is gay. It makes no difference,” she said.
Perez added that the more visibility there is and the more stories that are shared “you can open hearts and minds”.
Piers then finished the discussion with how much he likes Schofield before before attempting to cut to the link up with Lorraine – which didn’t end up happening as their sister programme wasn’t ready.
Viewers were torn by Joan’s TV comments.
One tweeted: “Enjoyed the brief chat about Pip Schofield ….. Joan Collins started to pick away at ‘why now?’ and ‘what’s the backstory?’ they couldn’t shut her up quick enough.”
A second asked: “Why was Joan Collins shut down so quick when mentioning that we all knew Philip was gay?”
But another said: “Gentle reminder to Joan Collins and the rest of the population. Someone’s sexuality is nobody’s business nor is the reason why they choose to become public. Speculation is disrespectful.”
GMB airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.