'This Morning' hit with complaints over Phillip Schofield's dyslexia comments to Matt Hancock

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<p>The This Morning host asked whether Hancock's dyslexia had caused him to misread social distancing rules.</p>
Phillip Schofield asked whether Matt Hancock's dyslexia had caused him to misread social distancing rules. (ITV)

This Morning has been hit with more than 600 complaints after Phillip Schofield asked Matt Hancock if it was his dyslexia that had made him break social distancing rules in the summer.

The presenter interviewed the former Health Secretary on the ITV daytime show earlier this month.

Referring to the video that showed Hancock kissing his colleague Gina Coladangelo at a time when distancing was being promoted, Schofield asked: “Was it your dyslexia that meant you misread the social distancing rules?”

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Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has now confirmed that it has received 628 complaints about the episode.

<p>The This Morning host asked whether Hancock's dyslexia had caused him to misread social distancing rules.</p>
Ofcom has received 628 complaints about the episode. (ITV)

It is thought that nearly all of the complaints related to Schofield’s comments.

Hancock went on This Morning on 7 December to talk about his own experiences of being dyslexic and his campaign calling for dyslexia screening for primary school children.

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Schofield then raised the controversial video which showed Hancock cheating on his wife and kissing aide Coladangelo at his Whitehall office.

After he asked if the politician had misread the rules because of his learning disability, Hancock replied: “No, I can’t blame that on dyslexia or anything else. In fact I’m not asking for any special favours because I’m dyslexic.

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“In politics, I’ve got some things to offer, in that case, that was a mistake and I have apologised for it."

<p>The This Morning host asked whether Hancock's dyslexia had caused him to misread social distancing rules.</p>
Matt hancock said the incident was 'a failure of leadership'. (ITV)

He went on: “It was a failure of leadership.

"I came on shows like this and asked people to do things and then didn’t follow those rules myself.”

Yahoo has contacted Ofcom for comment.