Richard Madeley goes ‘full Alan Partridge’ during awkward interview with naked anti-Brexit economist leaving GMB viewers in stitches
- Dr Victoria Bateman appeared totally naked on Good Morning Britain today
- Richard seemed determined to keep straight face while interviewing her
- Viewers mocked the exchange, comparing the presenter to Alan Partridge
- Comes four days after the academic disrobed in the BBC Radio 4 studios
Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline
Richard Madeley has been ridiculed for going ‘full Alan Partridge’ while interviewing a naked anti-Brexit economist today.
The presenter was determined to keep a straight face as he read a pro-EU slogan that Cambridge academic Dr Victoria Bateman scrawled on her bare flesh.
But his matter-of-fact reading of the words ‘Brexit leaves Britain naked’ left Good Morning Britain viewers in stitches.
In a reference to the comedy character’s often mocked football commentary, Twitter user Jack Seale shared the clip, writing: ‘Oh this is LIQUID MADELEY.’
Richard Madeley’s exchange with Dr Bateman was likened to Steve Coogan’s comedy character Alan Partridge (pictured, the interview on Good Morning Britain)
Richard Madeley (left) told Dr Bateman (right) that he didn’t find her nakedness particularly shocking
Jack Seale branded the presenter’s interviewing technique ‘LIQUID MADELEY’ in a nod to Partridge’s clueless football commentary
Dr Bateman (pictured on Good Morning Britain today) scrawled an anti-Brexit slogan on her naked body
It came after he carefully read out the anti-Brexit message while staring at his guest’s naked body and assuring her he didn’t find it ‘shocking’.
Not for the first time, he was compared with Steve Coogan’s classic talk show host parody.
One social media user said using Madeley as a stand-in for regular presenter Piers Morgan was a ‘stroke of genius’, adding: ‘Give him a second series you s****.’
Another complained that his similarity to the character made this morning’s episode ‘hard to watch’.
The economist (pictured) told Good Morning Britain today that Brexit leaves Britain exposed on the world stage
The Cambridge academic (pictured on this morning’s show) scrawls the slogan ‘Brexit leaves Britain naked’ on her body to protest the UK’s impending exit
Dr Victoria Bateman appeared nude on the set just four days after she disrobed for an interview with John Humphrys on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Good Morning Britain had to blur her slogan that Brexit leaves Britain naked but she insisted that she was using visual power to make an important statement.
‘As an economist I’m used to using words and equations in order to make an argument,’ she told the show.
‘I thought what I would do is condense down those thousands of words in one simple message that Brexit leaves Britain naked.’
She said that leading Leave campaigners would be unable to deliver the promises made to those who voted to exit the bloc and that Brexit was irrelevant to the daily struggle Britons face up and down the country in the form of foodbank use and poverty.
Viewers did not seem impressed with Dr Bateman’s display on Good Morning Britain’s set today
The campaigner (pictured on GMB this morning) said the only thing shocking about her nude display is that she has a voice unlike women in pornography
It comes just three days after she surprised Radio 4’s John Humphrys when she disrobed and then challenged Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg to a nude debate.
Humphrys, who said, startled, ‘oh, I see you’re naked’, told listeners that Dr Bateman had the words ‘Brexit Leaves Britain Naked’ painted across her body.
It is not known whether the BBC was aware that Dr Bateman had intended to strip during the interview which saw her arrive wearing a coat and then disrobe in front of an unsuspecting Humphrys.
Dr Bateman (right) challenged Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg (left) to a naked debate on the UK’s impending departure
Today she told presenter Richard Madeley that she had done ‘nothing illegal’ by disrobing in the radio studio.
Richard – who is standing in for Piers Morgan this week – told her that he didn’t think her display was particularly shocking but Penny Smith disagreed.
Dr Bateman said that naked people are on display ‘all the time’, from ‘scantily clad’ models to the ‘whole world of pornography’.
She insisted that the only thing that was shocking about her protest is that she’s a naked woman with a voice after years of a society controlled by men.
But it isn’t just Brexit that sparks naked protest from Dr Bateman, who stripped off in a gender equality protest last year.
At a talk entitled Feminism Meets Economics, she covered her breasts and genitals with only a handful of £5 and £20 notes.
Five years ago she posed nude for a portrait shown at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in