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Good Morning Britain viewers demand Richard Madeley be dropped as he asks guest who lost 21 relatives when their house was bombed in Gaza: ‘How close were you to your brothers?’


Good Morning Britain‘s viewers have demanded that Richard Madeley be dropped after he asked a guest who had lost 21 relatives in Gaza: ‘How close were you to your brothers?’

Ahmed Alnaouq, who was a guest on ITV‘s breakfast show, lost 21 members of his family in one week after their house was bombed in the war-torn strip including his father, two brothers, three sisters, sister-in-law and 14 nieces and nephews.

The London-based journalist was left looking stunned after Madeley, 67, asked if he was ‘close’ to his family.

It comes just a week after the programme was hit with more than 2,300 complaints after the host sparked a backlash for asking a British-Palestinian MP if she knew about Hamas‘s terror attack on Israel before it happened.

The presenter said: ‘How close were you to your brothers?’

London-based journalist Ahmed Alnaouq (pictured) was left looking stunned after Madeley, 67, asked if he was 'close' to his family

London-based journalist Ahmed Alnaouq (pictured) was left looking stunned after Madeley, 67, asked if he was ‘close’ to his family

It comes just a week after the programme was hit with more than 2,300 complaints after the Madeley (pictured) sparked a backlash for asking a British-Palestinian MP if she knew about Hamas's terror attack on Israel before it happened

It comes just a week after the programme was hit with more than 2,300 complaints after the Madeley (pictured) sparked a backlash for asking a British-Palestinian MP if she knew about Hamas’s terror attack on Israel before it happened

He added: ‘Were they younger than you or older than you?’

And in a third question, he asked: ‘And a big feature in your life?’

A shocked looking Mr Alnaouq responded: ‘Sorry?’ – to which Madeley repeated: ‘They have been a big feature of your life?’

It came after an emotional start to the interview – where Mr Alnaouq told how his family had moved to his home in Gaza because they thought it would be safer than their own. 

They were sleeping in the early morning of October 22 when the bombs struck – with only two of his family surviving. One of these later succumbed to their injuries.

Responding to Madeley’s questioning, he said: ‘Of course. We grew up together. We lived all our life together. 

‘I lived in Gaza all my life until I came here to the UK so we were very close.’

Viewers reacted in fury after seeing the question – demanding that he be removed from the programme for his ‘unacceptable’ questions.

One – called Bernadette – raged: ‘Can Richard Madeley just be removed from this show now! 

‘Ahmed explaining he lost 21 of his family members in Gaza and Richard asks: “How close were you to your brothers.”

Madeley's (pictured) questions came after an emotional start to the interview - where Mr Alnaouq told how his family had moved to his home in Gaza because they thought it would be safer than their own

Madeley’s (pictured) questions came after an emotional start to the interview – where Mr Alnaouq told how his family had moved to his home in Gaza because they thought it would be safer than their own

Viewers reacted in fury after seeing the question - demanding that he be removed from the programme for his 'unacceptable' questions

Viewers reacted in fury after seeing the question – demanding that he be removed from the programme for his ‘unacceptable’ questions

‘What part of that question is acceptable?’ 

Another – called Phil Blues – said: ‘Dear ITV, Please get Richard Madeley off Good Morning Britain. 

‘You cannot have someone like this on our screens, he asks someone who has lost his father and two brothers and three sisters and 14 neices and nephews – how close were you to your brothers.

‘He is without compassion or morals.’ 

A third, Amjid Khan, fumed: ‘Richard Madeley is a buffoon and why he’s even allowed near people is baffling…’

And Shirley Anne Smith quoted Mark Twain – brutally saying: ‘It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.’ 

On October 17 British-Palestinian MP Layla Moran, whose family were trapped in Gaza as Israel prepared a ground invasion, was seemingly taken aback after Madeley asked her if she knew about Hamas’s terror attack on Israel before it happened

Madeley apologised the same day for upsetting viewers, with a GMB spokesperson adding his intention was to ‘understand the mood and atmosphere’ of the situation before Hamas terrorists launched their barbaric attacks on Israel on October 7. 

Media watchdog Ofcom revealed last week – on October 25 – that 2,378 viewers had lodged complaints against GMB for the comment.

It came as Madeley faced further backlash after asking a man whose mother was kidnapped by Hamas if he was ‘comforted’ by the ‘not unreasonable treatment’ hostages received at their hands. 



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