Richard Madeley expressed his utter fury on Good Morning Britain today after recalling the moment he was nearly hit by an electric scooter on the pavement.
The 65-year-old, who has been guest presenting the ITV show with Susanna Reid this week, fumed that a “big block, big weighty bloke” had almost knocked him over.
He explained that the man had been travelling 15mph on the pavement – which is actually illegal as e-scooter riders must follow similar rules to cyclists.
Richard had told Susanna: “Have you had a close encounter with one of these things? Because I have.
“I was almost knocked over by one in Central London about a week ago.
“It was somebody on the pavement, a big block, big weighty bloke who was going 15mph.
“He was weaving through people and nearly hit me. I was furious.”
Richard added with a sigh: “Don’t get me started on scooters.”
This comes after Richard became embroiled in yet another row with Dr Hilary Jones over lockdown.
This comes after the pair were at odds with one another yesterday after Dr Hilary suggested that the lifting of lockdown should be delayed for months – and perhaps until Christmas.
Richard joined Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain today, who turned to the doctor about the latest “grim” news about the coronavirus data.
“Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Valance – what did you call them Richard?” Susanna paused.
Richard exclaimed: “The Chuckle Brothers!”
Dr Hilary laughed awkwardly as Susanna continued: “They have given a very downbeat briefing suggesting that the latest data is fairly grim and that lifting the lockdown will be delayed now for a couple of weeks.”
Richard asked pointedly: “You’re going to agree, aren’t you?”
“I am,” Dr Hilary replied firmly. “I mean, we’re looking at rising cases, we’re looking at a population where – still – only 75% have had the first jab and just over half have had the second jabs. So a lot of people unprotected with a variant which is pretty nasty.
“So the idea of mass gatherings, the idea of people abandoning masks, hand sanitising and social distancing is crazy at a time when things are getting worse.”
Richard responded: “But we have government ministers who have said – repeatedly now after two weeks ago – that the vaccines have broken the link between Covid and hospitalisations and deaths. They’ve broken the link.”
“And that is why we need to be a little more patient, get everybody vaccinated and then we can start thinking about lifting restrictions,” Dr Hilary replied. “If we do it too early, there’s a risk of going where we were back before.”
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV