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Britain’s Got Talent fans slam show over ‘insensitive’ news gag after Rageh Omaar’s health scare

Britain’s Got Talent has come under fire from fans who were left unimpressed by a ‘tasteless’ news segment spoof, following the recent health scare of news anchor Rageh Omaar. The ITV journalist suffered a medical incident while presenting the News at Ten on Friday evening, causing concern among viewers when he appeared to struggle with his speech.

In an unfortunate coincidence, the next episode of Britain’s Got Talent began with a spoof news segment featuring the ITV News logo and anchor Charlene White delivering ‘breaking news’. The segment then cut to a mock press conference with judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli being interviewed by children.



Britain's Got Talent kicked off with an unfortunately timed spoof ITV news segment, causing alarm amongst fans
Britain’s Got Talent kicked off with an unfortunately timed spoof ITV news segment, causing alarm amongst fans

Although the segment was intended as a light hearted way to start the show, given the recent events involving Rageh, many fans were taken aback by the sudden appearance of the ITV News logo and took to Twitter to express their displeasure once they realised it was all part of an elaborate skit, reports the Mirror.

One viewer tweeted: “I wish they wouldn’t keep doing that fake Breaking News bit on #BritainsGotTalent especially with the stuff that happened with Rageh Omaar yesterday #bgt,” while another added: “A bit distasteful to start #BGT with a itv news after last night.”



Britain's Got Talent fans were fuming tonight as the show kicked off with an 'insensitive' news segment style spoof following Rageh Omaar falling ill live on air yesterday
Britain’s Got Talent fans were fuming tonight as the show kicked off with an ‘insensitive’ news segment style spoof following Rageh Omaar falling ill live on air yesterday

Another fan even admitted to worrying about the Royal family given the recent news concerning King Charles and Kate Middleton’s respective cancer diagnoses. One fan even feared a fatality writing: “The way I thought a royal just died.”

Rageh Omaar gave viewers a scare during last night’s news broadcast as he began shaking and had difficulty speaking. ITV has responded to the concerns of fans, confirming that Rageh is now recuperating at home.



Rageh Omaar fell ill while presenting the news on Friday night
Rageh Omaar fell ill while presenting the news on Friday night

An ITV News spokesperson said: “We appreciate viewers of last night’s News at Ten were concerned about Rageh Omaar’s wellbeing. Following medical treatment at hospital, he is now recovering at home with his family. We are wishing Rageh a speedy recovery and look forward to him being back on screen when he feels ready.”

Rageh himself expressed his gratitude in a statement via the broadcaster: “I would like to thank everyone for their kindness and good wishes, especially all the medical staff, all my wonderful colleagues at ITV News, and our viewers who expressed concern. At the time, I was determined to finish presenting the programme. I am grateful for all the support I’ve been given.”

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