Jeremy Vine slapped with Ofcom complaints after Beverley Turner vaccine clash
16th June 2021

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Jeremy Vine has received 125 complaints over the past week, with unhappy viewers contacting Ofcom to air their grievances.

The majority of the complaints concerned Beverley Turner's appearance on the show, in which she spoke out against the coronavirus vaccine.

During the June 14 episode, Beverley drew the long-term health consequences of the vaccine into question.

She said: “This has to be taken by a decision-by-decision basis because this is a clinical trial until 2023.

“We do not know the long-term effects of this vaccine for any individual. I do not judge any adult who wanted to take it.”

A heated debate ensued between Channel 5 star Jeremy and his guests, broadcasters Angela Epstein and Emma Dabiri.

Beverley added: “If they feel like it’s important to them and they want to take it, I do not judge you.

“We should not be sitting there judging people who haven’t taken it for whatever reason that is.”

Angela and Emma were quick to disagree with Beverley, picking apart her argument in tense scenes.

Angela said: “Vaccine refusers are selfish, irresponsible people who are enjoying their freedom because the rest of us are being vaccinated.”

Emma admitted she “completely agreed” with Angela’s point, with Beverley later claiming she had been "ambushed".

The podcast host took to social media after the Jeremy Vine appearance, filming herself crying.

“It’s not easy, it’s really hard," she said. "I know I keep my calm but the ambush when all you want to do is have a conversation.

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“It’s a shutdown debate. It’s a one-sided conversation about something that’s so huge and has so many implications for so many people.”

While the Jeremy Vine show received the second-most Ofcom complaints this week, the lead was held by GB News.

Tonight Live with Dan Wootton, which aired on the channel's launch night, received a whopping 373 complaints from viewers.

Meanwhile, Good Morning Britain earned just 66 complaints from viewers, the watchdog has confirmed.

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