Good Morning Britain was forced to cut the ad break after an interview about cancel culture got out of hand.
The discussion topic requested by hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard was: “Cancel Culture: Forgive and Forget?” who welcomed Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu and Leo Kearse.
Both participants held strong views on the issue, despite the debate remaining quiet at first, the Express reports.
But things took a sharp turn when guests started yelling at each other, eventually turning into a full line.
Hosts Ben and Kate were forced to intervene early and end the debate.
Leo began: “I’ve had shows cancelled, my spot canceled at the Australian Fringe.
“Most of the time I think it’s a misunderstanding on the part of the people who cancel.
“People are also canceled for tweets they sent 12 years ago and people change, people move on.
“But society also changes. Things that are acceptable in society change.
“You see with people like JK Rowling, a few years ago, she was the spoiled girl on the left awake and now she’s an outcast.
“People need to understand if we’re canceling people for things they said 12 years ago because society changes and what people say changes, what are people saying now that’s going to be unacceptable in 12 years?”
Kate later asked Dr. Shola, “Is there any argument that part of growing up and getting older is that your views get informed and change?
“Something you said in the past, we now have social media where things are written and shared so widely that they may not represent you now, so you should be forgiven for holding those views if you changed your mind.”
Dr. Shola replied: “Well, first of all, I say that hate speech is not a product of a given moment, it is past, present and future and ongoing manifestations of hate, which is why people exist today.
“People who participate in them in any way are reinforcing their hatred. Good people are capable of doing bad things and bad people are capable of doing good things, that’s called being human.
“Forgiveness is good but forgiveness does not absolve you of the consequences. Consequences are a direct result of your actions.
“Let me tell you who suffers the real consequences. The person who suffers the real consequences is the person to whom that comment or action is directed.
“Let’s think about this, why is it so difficult for people to accept that the consequences of life are actually a fact of life, not its cancellation?”
Leo and Dr. Shola began arguing with each other to the point where it was impossible for the viewers to understand what the guests were saying.
He was so heated that Ben and Kate repeatedly tried to intervene and end the debate.
Kate was finally forced to yell, “We’re going to have to get this off the air.”
Ben added: “Unfortunately, Dr. Shola and Leo, we don’t have time. We have strict rest restrictions at this stage but thank you very much for your thoughts this morning, it is clearly a very emotional subject.”
Viewers were quick to share their surprise and reaction to the debate on Twitter.
One user noted how out of control the debate was, posting: “Why do people have to yell at each other? Makes me want to throw things at the tv. Can’t wait to get either point so shut”. and wait your turn.
“But Ben and Kate just sat back and let them do it, when their job is to control an interview #gmb #goodmorningbritain.”
Another poster criticized GMB for its guest vetting process.
@ThatGeordie1 added: “@GMB needs to look into their guest bookings, completely unacceptable. First Quentin Letts and now this Leo guy, wtf he’s mean to people. Well done @SholaMos1 Speechless. #GMB”.
Ebony Michelle asked, “Wait what happened? They just cut them #gmb.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.