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This Morning fans were left divided on Tuesday when Holly Willougby and Phillip Schofield fleetingly mentioned Ant McPartlin's drink-drive conviction.
Following his sentence and fine for £86,000 the previous day for the car crash, which left a toddler in hospital, the presenting duo were seen to briefly mention the crash and show a clip of his statement outside court.
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Having been slammed last month for not addressing their friend's woes, Phillip merely stated: 'We're sending our love to everyone who was involved' - leading fans to claim he was 'brushing the situation under the carpet'.
On Monday, Ant said he is “truly sorry” after his drink-driving crash. The £130,000-a-week star was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to driving while more than twice the legal limit.
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McPartlin, 42, told police he was “ashamed and mortified” after crashing his car while drink-driving with his mother in the passenger seat.
While flashing up a clip of the statement he made on the steps of Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court, after it was heard that Ant had been seeking help for “alcohol and emotional issues” at the time of the crash in Richmond, west London.
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Following Phillip's fleeting comment, frustrated fans took to Twitter to pen: 'No doubt the opening will consist of a fawning chat about how brave/troubled Ant is...#ThisMorning... Well they swept that under the rug PDQ...
'#ThisMorning #AntMcPartlin... A £86,000 doesn’t hold me cig weight when you’re a multi millionaire, Ant should’ve been sentenced to prison #thismorning...
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'Holly and Phil talking about Ant felt very awkward to watch #ThisMorning... I had to say somthing about Phil & holly supporting ant who I understand he is your friend but he caused a accident through drink if it was anyone else you would be condemning it . There was a small child involved...
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