This Morning: Alison and Dermot say it’s their last show of series
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Dermot O’Leary will be teaming up with Alex Scott this weekend to present Soccer Aid on ITV. Ahead of its airing, the presenter has opened up about the “disgusting” criticism his co-star faced.
Dermot has backed Alex as a “great” presenter as he hit out at “nonsensical” criticism.
The This Morning host gave his verdict on the criticism Alex faced when hosting the Olympics earlier this year.
As fans of the Football Focus host may recall, Sir Digby Jones told the star she needed “elocution lessons”.
In a Twitter tirade, he penned: “Enough! I can’t stand it anymore!
“Alex Scott spoils a good presentational job on the BBC Olympics Team with her very noticeable inability to pronounce her ‘g’s at the end of a word.
“Competitors are NOT taking part, Alex, in the fencin, rowin, boxin, kayakin, weightliftin & swimmin.”
At the time, Alex replied with a brutal take-down of the former member of the House of Lords.
She wrote: “I’m from a working class family in East London, Poplar, Tower Hamlets & I am PROUD.
“Proud of the young girl who overcame obstacles, and proud of my accent! It’s me, it’s my journey, my grit.”
Alex’s Soccer Aid co-host has now weighed in on the situation, calling it “disgusting”.
In an interview with The Mirror, he said: “As a presenter, you have to have a thick skin and approach social media with the right mindset. You have to get on with your job.
“But that criticism was about Alex’s diction which was nonsensical.
“That is literally how someone talks. What he said was disgusting.”
Dermot then admitted: “It is important people realise live TV is hard and you have got to be ‘on it’.
“Alex was telling me the other day she would get up and swot up and then present the Olympics then go home and sleep and do it again.”
Alex and Dermot are fronting this week’s Soccer Aid, which airs on ITV on Saturday at 6.30pm.
The charity event pits an England squad against a World XI to raise money for Unicef.
Among those in the line-up this weekend are Olly Murs, James Arthur and Yungblud.
However, Roman Kemp has had to pull out of the show after he tested positive for Covid.
The rest of the teams are expected to still be able to take part this weekend.
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