Although beloved by viewers for his eccentricity, his emotional response to Brexit, and his uncanny similarity to Robin Williams, Tim threw that all away in yesterday's (October 9) episode, where he revealed an unexpected political opinion.
During a discussion about politics, Tim admitted that he "adored" former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, something that has "disappointed" fans left, right, and centre (but especially left and centre).
Struggling to align Tim's support of Thatcher particularly as a gay man, viewers shared their dismay on Twitter. "Watching #TheCircle and am pretty disappointed that Tim is such a Thatcher fan," one wrote. "We were having such a lovely time, Tim."
Another hoped Tim would reconsider, saying "Please don't ruin it for yourself, Tim." "Nah, Tim likes Thatcher? Bugger that. Tim is cancelled," another added.
Not everyone was quick to cancel the 58 year old, however, with one viewer arguing that "we are all entitled to an opinion" and that his decision "to state an unpopular view" was an admirable one.
Others were unconvinced entirely: "Is it only me that thought Tim's Thatcher comment was to see people's reaction rather than him being a thatcherite?" one suspicious fan asked.
We wouldn't put it past him.
Watching #TheCircle and am pretty disappointed that Tim is such a Thatcher fan. We were having such a lovely time, Tim.— NailAAARRRRGGGHHH (@ExquisiteNaila) October 9, 2019
Nah, Tim likes Thatcher? Bugger that. Tim is cancelled. #TheCircle— Andrew Neary (@andrewneary) October 9, 2019
Still love Tim, don't agree with his view of Thatcher, but we are all entitled to an opinion. Still love the fact he is being himself and not afraid to state an unpopular view. #thecircle— Colin Ku (@KuColin) October 9, 2019
Ok I admit I was gutted by Tim liking Thatcher but I simply still love him because he meant on an intellectual level. He's still my No 1 .💕. I'm not that fickle bitches! #TheCircle— Jan Bullock (@maymay22) October 10, 2019
Whether you love Thatcher or hate her, can we all agree that Tim’s impression of her was great? 😂— Lucy W (@MagicMoriarty) October 9, 2019
Also, even if I hated Thatcher, I’d still love Tim. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, and you all loved the other aspects of his personality. 🤷🏼♀️
Elsewhere on The Circle, Tim came alarmingly close to sussing out the show's latest twist, guessing almost immediately that 'Joyce' was a catfish. Far from being an older woman, 'Joyce' is actually the creation of Beth and Jack, who were recently blocked.
The Circle continues tonight (October 10) at 10pm on Channel 4.
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