ITV This Morning lodges more than 1k Ofcom complaints over ‘disgusting’ gluten-free debate

1,092 complaints have been lodged with Ofcom following comments made by Vanessa Feltz about celiac disease on ITV’s This Morning.

The presenter joined the show as a guest on 18 December, where she took calls from viewers asking if they were behaving inappropriately in certain situations.


A caller named Alison asked how she should deal with the fact that her mother-in-law was “forcing” her and her 15-year-old son to dine at a gluten-free Christmas dinner due to a fellow guest’s condition. .

Feltz began shaking her head at the suggestion that all guests should adhere to the celiac-afflicted diner’s dietary requirements, before she chimed in: “Alison, I’m 100 percent on your side on this, it’s absolutely ridiculous. Is.”

Explaining to hosts Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle, Feltz continued: “So Alison’s mother-in-law has them over for Christmas and because one person has to be gluten-free, she’s insisting that they all have to be gluten-free, including Alison. -Will have to be free, 15 year old boy, is a bit picky in eating.

“When Alison said, ‘Can we bring our own food? Can we bring food in a snack box?’ (The mother-in-law) said, ‘No.’ She’s treating celiac disease like it’s some kind of insidious, potentially fatal peanut allergy and they can’t have anything containing gluten in the house, which is the whole Kind of unfair.

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Vanessa Feltz talked to Craig and Josie on Monday’s episode

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“That’s not fair at all, Alison,” Feltz continued, before thinking: “The thing is, if you say to him, ‘Look, he can be gluten-free, we don’t have to do that, “Can’t hold it”, what will she say? How will she react?”

The caller responded: “She will tell me I am ignorant of the facts and ask me to read about it.”

Feltz replied: “But you’re not and he’s wrong! I mean he’s obviously wrong about this. Completely wrong.”

“So I’ve been really thinking about it because I think you’re 100 percent right… However, it’s only one day, it’s all about family… So I’m trying to make up my mind.” Should you try this just for the sake of peace and harmony with it?

“On balance, I think you have to go with it, have a snack on the way, bring something to eat in the car on the way home, don’t stay too late, but don’t mind the small amount of gluten. “Fights with my mother-in-law, that’s what I think. Or gluten deficiency.”

When Gibson interjected that cross-contamination could be an issue, Feltz stood firm: “But they shouldn’t have any kind of cross-contamination, especially if they bring their own food from home and their 15 Whatever your one-year-old brings into the snack box that he actually likes will be just fine.

“But I just think, is it worth it to pick a fight with him, dig in your heels, make a big mountain out of it when it’s only one day, literally the equivalent of one meal?”

Feltz cautioned that what she was saying was the caller’s teenage son’s refusal to eat anything gluten-free was “even a little extreme.”

Soon after the discussion aired, viewers flocked to Twitter to criticize Feltz, formerly of X, for his “dismissive” attitude toward the disease.

One viewer fumed: “Vanessa Feltz treating celiac disease like a joke makes me so angry. I have celiac disease, it’s no joke, it’s a serious medical condition. I hope next time She will be on #ThisMorning so I hope that*** I apologize not only to me but to anyone who needs a gluten-free diet!”

A second totally destroyed the show: “I don’t blame Vanessa Feltz giving questionable advice about gluten-free eating during a phone-in segment on #ThisMorning – I don’t blame the producers and anyone on medical matters for this segment. Also blame the lack of research and not providing correct/scientific information, typical ITV.”

Meanwhile a third jab: “#This morning I can’t believe yesterday’s show! The misinformation about the gluten free buffet during a phone call with Vanessa Feltz was horrible.”

And a fourth fumed: “#ThisMorning Shame on you for trivializing an autoimmune disease that leaves people exhausted day after day. Need an apology asap. What a disgusting woman.” (Thus)

The charity Celiac UK also issued an open letter to ITV expressing its “deep concern” at Feltz’s “dismissive” advice and demanding an apology.

Feltz has since shared an apologetic statement about the incident, saying: “I found myself at the center of a social media storm this week, I said what I said out there, but then I said you “One has to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy it.” Gluten free food anyway.

“I did not suggest they harm celiacs nor did I intend to show any disrespect to anyone with celiac disease.

“I’m surprised by the reaction and horrified that anyone is upset. I don’t think I said anything wrong, but if anyone is upset, I’m very sorry.”

“I always seek clarity and compassion and I’m certainly not trying to minimize celiac disease. The last thing I wanted to do was upset anyone and I hope I’ve made improvements.”


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