Beverley Turner has been ‘blocked’ from appearing as a pundit on This Morning after sharing her controversial views on the Covid vaccine, an insider has claimed.
Earlier this week, Beverley was embroiled a tense exchange with Dermot O’Leary live on air as she called into question the effectiveness of the jab and said young people should reject the invitation to take part in the national roll-out.
After the clash stunned viewers, staff on the daytime show have allegedly been told not to book Beverley as a news reviewer in the future amid concern her views on the vaccine could prove a step too far.
A source told The Mail on Sunday: “Production staff were told Bev is banned from the show after the comments she made… they couldn’t have her on again.”
Beverley has been a familiar face on This Morning over the last year as part of a revolving line-up of guest commentators.
On Monday she came to blows with host Dermot O’Leary during a discussion about the vaccine as she argued: “It does not stop you catching or passing on the virus.’
“It does” replied Dermot. “The finest minds of science have, in an extraordinarily short amount of time, come up with this vaccine.
“It’s proven it’s working statistically. Why are you so cynical?”
Beverley argued there wasn’t enough ‘long-term data’ to support the need for the vaccine.
“We don’t have a chance to have long-term data because we have this virus that’s killing people around the whole world,” replied Dermot.
“We don’t have that luxury, surely. Why are you so sceptical about the whole thing?” he asked again.
Beverley shot back: “Because of the fact there’s a 99.8 per cent survival rate from Covid-19. The average age of death is 82.”
The pundit took to Twitter today to thank fans for their support as she shared a link to the article about her This Morning ‘axe.’
Beverley denied she was an anti-vaxxer and said she spoke up as she believes the ‘risk V benefit’ does not stack up as she doubled down on her earlier claims.
The mum tweeted: “Anti-vaxxer” is a total misnomer. My children and I have had all our inoculations.
Beverley also liked a number of tweets from fans praising her for speaking out.
“Sorry to hear this Bev.. Talk Radio will always have you on I’m sure,” said one.
This Morning host Alison Hammond, 46, came under fire on social media this week for admitting on the ITV show that she was ‘hesitant’ to have the jab.
“I like Alison Hammond and appreciate the need for discussion but this is the second week she has expressed doubts about getting vaccinated without serious medical challenge at a time when all our health depends on everyone taking it,” commented one viewer.
Another agreed: “I’m sorry Alison, but you are in a position of influence on the television and saying you are vaccine hesitant on that platform is hugely irresponsible. I’m incredibly disappointed. Totally wrong.”
The host was also called up on her views by guest star Gyles Brandreth.
“But you’re going to get a jab aren’t you, you’re going to do it,” he told her.
“Well we’ll see, we’ll see,” said Alison.
“You must do Alison,” he told her.
Mirror Online has contacted reps for ITV and Beverley for comment.