This Morning viewers – and even one of the hosts – were left in stitches after a comedian congratulated presenter Dermot O’Leary for “coming out” during a hilarious segment that has now gone viral.
Barry Humphries, best known for his alter ego Dame Edna Everage, offered his compliments to O’Leary for his “bravery” in the most dead-pan of manners while he was being interviewed by him and co-host Alison Hammond.
Of course, O’Leary has never come out as gay but Phillip Schofield, who also presents This Morning, did exactly that last year during an emotional episode on the show.
O’Leary then says: “Thank you, I’ll pass that on to the gentleman who’s here from Monday to Thursday.”
Humphries, appearing perplexed, then asks “is what?” and looked around the studio before O’Leary replies, “don’t worry”.
Hammond struggles to compose himself as O’Leary thanks him again for his “kind comments”.
Humphries continues, adding: “No, your bravery was-” before being cut off by Hammond’s giggles.
They then all began to giggle as Humphries says: “By the way, we’re all in show business.”
It’s unclear if the mix up was genuine or a very funny joke from Humphries (more likely the latter, considering Humphries’ comedic style), but the segment had people taking to Twitter to laugh with the This Morning cast and to hail Humphries as a “comic genius”.
Even Specsavers joined in the fun, tweeting: “Should’ve worn Dame Edna’s glasses…”