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Romesh Ranganathan ‘in trouble’ with parents at his children’s school

The comedian says his stand-up shows have left him 'socially cut off' by some parents he knows.

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What did you miss?

Romesh Ranganathan has told how his stand-up routine has got him into trouble with school parents after admitting he doesn't care about other people's children.

The comedian and Weakest Link presenter is heading back out on tour, but told This Morning on Wednesday that he was aware his anecdotes about real life could land him in hot water.

Ranganathan also shared the comment from another school parent that had rattled him the most.

Romesh Ranganathan says his jokes have got him into trouble with other parents. (ITV)
Romesh Ranganathan says his jokes have got him into trouble with other parents. (ITV)

What, how, and why?

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan knows his audiences usually love his relatable stories about his life - but has found that some of his parenting anecdotes backfired when the families of his kids' friends heard them.

Ranganathan told Rylan Clark and Rochelle Humes on Wednesday's This Morning that he was hoping to be more honest than ever before in his new tour, but shared how his brutal honesty had come back to bite him after some stand-up shows.

He admitted: "I have got into trouble in the past, when I go to drop the kids off at soft play, parents come and talk to me and I have said on stage, 'I don't care about other people's children, I'm just there for mine'."

Romesh Ranganathan spoke to Rylan Clark and Rochelle Humes. (ITV)
Romesh Ranganathan spoke to Rylan Clark and Rochelle Humes. (ITV)

Presenter Humes agreed: "I think we're all a little bit like that,", but he continued: "And then I went to a kid's birthday party and these parents came up and said, 'we'd tell you how we were doing Romesh, but you clearly don't care.' Lisa (his wife) never watches me, she's just like what have you said now. What's the new thing you've done that means we're socially cut off. It's supposed to be a fun career."

But that wasn't where the awkwardness ended for the comedian, who is set to take over Claudia Winkleman's BBC Radio 2 show, as he shared an unnerving comment from a fellow school parent.

He said: "The maddest one ever, I put on a show in my local theatre and they posted it on Facebook and this woman commented underneath, 'I would never see this man live, he always looks so grumpy on the school run.'

"It was like I was getting reviewed for my general school run behaviour. I do have resting indifferent face, that is the truth."

What else has been happening on This Morning?

Rylan Clark and Rochelle Humes speaking to Rishi Sunak on This Morning in January, 2024. (Shutterstock/ITV)
Rylan Clark and Rochelle Humes spoke to Rishi Sunak. (Shutterstock/ITV)

On Tuesday, This Morning viewers accused Rylan Clark and Rochelle Humes of giving prime minister Rishi Sunak an easy ride when they sat down for a chat with him.

Clark and Humes covered topics ranging from Sunak's fasting Mondays to banning disposable vapes and his feelings on the junior doctors strikes.

But the TV stars were criticised for not grilling him enough as one person commented on X: "Rishi Sunak is being interviewed on ITV This Morning at 11.25 by those 2 well respected political journalists, known for their forensic questioning - Rochelle and Rylan. My case rests."

Someone else wrote: "Sure Rishi Sunak is quaking in his size 4’s at the prospect of a grilling by Rochelle &Rylan. Too scared to go a couple of rounds with Victoria Derbyshire."

Another viewer added: "I said this last time about Alison and Dermot, but I don't think that Rylan and Rochelle are qualified to interview someone as high-profile as the Prime Minister."

This Morning airs on ITV at 10am on weekdays.

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