Good Morning Britain has come under fire from viewers after inviting a doctor who performs so-called ‘gay cure’ therapy on the breakfast programme.

Dr Michael Davidson appeared on this morning’s edition of the often-controversial morning show in order to discuss recent findings about the practice of the therapy in the UK. Conversion therapy involves counselling people to ‘reject’ their homosexuality and live straight lives. LGBT+ people may be forced to undergo the therapy, or feel that they have to due to religious views.

Before the guest came on, Good Morning Britain put out a tweet asking viewers if they had any thoughts on the guest. And they certainly did …

LGBT+ advocacy group Stonewall tweeted “No one should be told their identity is something that can be cured,” while Declan Cashin wrote “So by booking this guest, you’re legitimising this deeply dangerous practice. You should be ashamed of yourselves.”

When the interview eventually happened, Davidson faced stiff opposition from host Piers Morgan and fellow guest, journalist Josh Parry. Davidson, who claims to be an ‘ex-gay’ told the hosts that he has been married to a woman for 35 years. “My homosexual urges can still be triggered. But counselling, prayer and psychotherapy helped me to turn away from it,” he said.

He went on to say that he offers the controversial and harmful ‘gay cure’ therapy in order to help “gay people to locate the trauma that triggered their homosexual feelings”.

Piers immediately lost his cool, telling the guest: “We have a word for people like you in this country. We call them bigots! In my view you are a malevolent and dangerous part of our society!
“What’s wrong with you? Who are you to say such things?

“Do you really think homosexuality is something that needs to be cured? Why don’t you shut up, you old bigot! This is utterly ridiculous!”

Piers finished the interview by telling the guest: “Has it crossed your bigoted mind that gay people may not want to find your path? Maybe they are quite happy being gay and don’t want to be ‘cured of this abomination’ because that is deeply offensive!

“Why don’t you put a cork in it? I’ve had enough, Dr Michael, just shut up!”

Julian Clary, who appeared on the show after Davidson, chastised Piers and Susanna Reid for inviting Davidson on the show in the first place. The comedian initially praised Piers for giving the doctor “a run for his money,” but added: “It’s a shame you had him on though, really. It’s a shame you gave him air time.”

Piers defended the decision, saying: “I think these people should be challenged. He’s clearly doing this thing quietly all the time and it’s dangerous.”

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