Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby practically ‘ran away’ from a heated debate on veganism on today’s This Morning.
Viewers claimed the presenters ‘couldn’t run away faster’ as they dashed across the studio to see Dr Ranj.
Celebrity chef Anthony Worrall and campaigner Heather Mills were embroiled in a fierce debate over the hot topic.
Anthony argued it was a "fashionable bandwagon" as she slammed "militant vegans", while Heather said it was about "freedom of choice".
Phil and Holly couldn’t stop the opposing pair from speaking so left them arguing on the sofa while they headed off.
Phillip warned Anthony that he was having the "final word" as they were running out of time.
The chef said: "Be a vegan by all means but don’t thrust it down my throat. All live in harmony."
Heather tried to hit back with a response but Holly and Phil called it quits.
Standing up to leave, Phil said: "Dr Ranj is here, we’ll let them continue their chat."
Anthony hit out against "militant vegans" and claimed a small minority were bullying farmers.
He said: "I do think it’s going on and on. People are joining the bandwagon. They want to be part of the celebrity scene.
"There’s nothing wrong with being a vegan. There are rumours there are up to 3million now. I do think an awful lot of these people will go back to being vegetarians or meat eaters."
Heather disputed his claims that farming cows for meat is "carbon neutral".
She said: "It’s about freedom of choice. I don’t believe in extremists at all. The fastest way to help people getting healthier, happier, more environmentally friendly is to eat alternative products."
This Morning viewers were massively divided by the debate on veganism.
One viewer said: "Anthony Worrall Thompson finishes argument with "be vegan but don’t thrust it down my throat" as if he didn’t just come on national tv purely to have a (very unintelligent, unprovoked) go at vegans. "We all care about animal cruelty, but…": a personal highlight.
Another argued: "Typical, that blonde vegan not letting anyone else talk. Yes Veganism has gone too far and they are blind to the damage they are doing."
While a third just felt bad for the hosts: "Poor @Schofe & @hollywills couldn’t run any faster out of that Vegan argument on #ThisMorning"
*This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10.30am
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