This Morning chaos as guest congratulates Dermot O’Leary for coming out as gay after confusing him for Phillip Scofield

This Morning chaos as guest congratulates Dermot O’Leary for coming out as gay after confusing him for Phillip Scofield

THIS Morning was thrown into chaos today after guest Barry Humphries congratulated Dermot O’Leary for “bravely” coming out as gay last year after confusing him for Phillip Schofield.

Dermot, 48, was visibly confused when the 87-year-old comic began his sweet message of support – and politely tried to correct him when the penny dropped.

Alison and Dermot couldn’t stop laughing after the epic blunder
Barry confused Dermot for Phillip Schofield – and congratulated him for coming out as gay

But Barry didn’t seem to understand, and once again called Dermot “brave” for being so open, while Alison Hammond giggled uncontrollably between them.

This Morning viewers at home also saw the funny side, taking to Twitter to share their reaction to the gaffe.

One wrote: “Possibly the best interview I’ve seen in a while, Barry confusing Dermot with Phil.”

Another added: “Never known Dermot to be lost for words before!”

A third said: “OMG I am in tears, I dont think I could have carried on the interview after that.”

Others speculated whether Barry made the mistake on purpose for laughs, with one skeptical viewer writing: “As if he thinks Dermot is Phil … all for the laughs folks!”

Phillip came out as gay live on This Morning last year, bravely speaking out about his sexuality after keeping it a secret for years.

He was supported heavily by his co-stars and famous pals, with Eamonn and Ruth interviewing him on their Friday show as Holly Willoughby offered comfort.


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