Awkward scenes on GMB as Ben Stokes snubs Matt Hancock and walks off air after he gushes over cricketer – Manchester Evening News

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Good Morning Britain viewers were feeling the awkwardness while watching today’s show.

Matt Hancock was on the ITV news programme on Tuesday, however, his interview swiftly followed a chat with Ben Stokes.

The cricketer was chatting to GMB hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid as the England cricket team continue their tour of India.

But the light-hearted interview was ended to join the health secretary who faced a grilling after a High Court ruling found he acted unlawfully with Covid-19 contracts.

As Ben’s interview ended, the camera quickly flicked to a grinning Mr Hancock who said: “It is great to see Ben Stokes. You should have run that interview longer and what a great man.”

Piers cheekily replied: “Trust me, I wanted to,” which had Mr Hancock laughing before Susanna interjected: “But we’re not going to let you off the hook Matt Hancock.”

“I wanted to run it for another 10 minutes and just bounce you off but anyway, here you are,” Piers added.

Mr Hancock wanted Ben’s interview to carry on
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As the presenter went to ask Mr Hancock his first question, the screen quickly changed back to Ben who was sat, rather embarrassed, with his hand over his face.

“Anything you want to say to the health secretary Ben,” Piers asked as the sportsman laughed and quickly walked off camera, waving at the screen as he went.

Ben Stokes didn’t want to chat to the health secretary
(Image: ITV)

“He’s off,” Susanna said as Piers burst into laughter and added: “He doesn’t want to extend the chat unfortunately.”

And of course viewers watching at home expressed their amusement on social media.

“#BenStokes though…. Im f****** dead #gmb AWKWARRRDDDDD!!!!!,” wrote one.

Another said: “Ben stokes reaction was the best thing I’ve seen in ages!! He chinned you right off Hancock.”

“I don’t think #BenStokes is Matt Hancock’s biggest fan,” a third added.

A fourth said: “‘Anything you want to say to the health secretary Ben?’ classic.”

“I watched it, hilarious!! I think we all know what Stokesy thinks of Matt Hancock now,” another commented.

 

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