There’s something fascinating about Richard Madeley. Perhaps it’s the complete lack of self awareness, or the dogged determination to stick with a mid-90s barber-shop poster hairstyle; it may be the fact that he has no shame, but we suspect it’s because he is the nearest thing to a living, breathing Alan Partridge we’re ever likely to see.
We can certainly imagine Alan Partridge being immovably convinced that the customs union is the same thing as the EU, which is what it seems Richard Madeley believes.
Richard Madeley literally doesn’t know what Brexit is. pic.twitter.com/bsFPuZaEGb
— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) August 12, 2019
Perhaps he felt that standing in for Piers Morgan meant a contractual obligation to say something incredibly stupid, but it was probably just instinct.
Here’s how people have reacted to his debate with Femi Oluwole.
Logical intelligent person: The earth orbits the sun.
Richard Madeley: Well a lot of people say it doesn’t.
Logical intelligent person: But its a provable scientific fact!
Richard Madeley: Well a lot of people say it isn’t so we will have to agree to disagree. https://t.co/7jS4H5le6d
— The Don (@donson_jay) August 12, 2019
Don’t think Richard Madeley’s going to be collecting a Pulitzer Prize anytime soon.
— Brendan May (@bmay) August 12, 2019
Richard Madeley is a prime example of an ego not wanting to understand that he can be wrong; and rather dig in his heels and peddle “the will of the people” opinion, rather than look at the objective facts that a #NoDealBrexit (or any form of #brexit) is harmful to the UK. https://t.co/ulTtgbWFlG
— Tom Muller (@hellomuller) August 12, 2019
“With my journalists hat on”🤣🤣🤣…Richard Madeley thinking he’s a journalist because he presents GMTV is like me thinking I’m an astronaut because I can jump!
— RickR (@suze_robi) August 12, 2019
ITV announce replacement for Richard Madeley. pic.twitter.com/mCFYmMh6P9
— Archbishop Poet 🗳 (@morrissey2020) August 12, 2019
Patronising and entitled. The way he’s grimacing at you shows that he genuinely believes he’s making sense, when in reality he’s quite literally talking nonsense. That’s privilege to a T. I’m sorry you had to go through this, but you came out intelligent, unlike the others.
— Shahmir Sanni 🏳️🌈 (@shahmiruk) August 12, 2019
Richard Madeley, is your “journalists hat” pointed with a fucking great D on it ?
— Brickwork (@catwell) August 12, 2019
Twitter user, @Johnboy_Cook absolutely nailed the situation.
Richard Madeley is one of those people who, when you see them trending you know it’s just because they’re being a knob as usual.
— Cookie, the Universe and Everything (@Johnboy_Cook) August 12, 2019
Footage and screenshots courtesy of Good Morning Britain.