Lorraine Kelly appeared to snub Esther McVey when the Tory leadership candidate appeared on Good Morning Britain today.
McVey was grilled by hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on her party’s recent drug confessions, Brexit, abortion rights and much more when she went on the show this morning.
After the interview GMB cut live to the Lorraine studio where Piers asked host Lorraine Kelly whether she remembered McVey from the days they both worked at ITV.
Lorraine gave a short ‘Yep. Yes I do,’ before quickly launching into a plug for her show.
Presenter Piers decided to probe further, asking: ‘So you got on with Esther then Lorraine’, to which she replied: ‘I don’t remember, I don’t remember, I don’t remember at all. It was a long time ago.’
Social media erupted with people commenting on the awkward exchange between the ex-colleagues
There was an awkward laugh in both studios before Piers added: ‘Ooh if looks could kill.’
McVey, 51, worked as a TV host for several years before she got into politics, including a year-long stint as a co-presenter on GMTV.
Lorraine helped launch the show in 1993 before she got her own programmes Lorraine, Live, LK Today and Lorraine.
McVey served as maternity cover for regular host Fiona Philips and worked alongside Kelly on the show.
Viewers quickly took to social media to comment on the awkward exchange and apparent ‘beef’ between the ex-colleagues.
One person branded it ‘the most brutal thing I’ve ever witnessed’, while another said Lorraine ‘clearly isn’t a fan’ of the former Work and Pensions Secretary.
Pictured: Lorraine Kelly films for her morning show Lorraine, which airs directly after Good Morning Britain
Esther McVey is pictured on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday where she was quizzed on her party leadership bid
McVey made no mention of the encounter on Twitter after the show, posting only to confirm she had submitted her nomination for the Conservative Party leadership race.
Lorraine, 59, dodged a huge tax bill earlier this year when a judge ruled she works on a freelance basis for ITV because her ‘Lorraine persona’ is just a front.
In 2016 HM Revenue and Customs presented her with an income tax bill for almost £900,000, plus national insurance contributions of over £300,000.
But she argued national insurance shouldn’t have been deducted from her income under the PAYE system.
She said she had been ‘freelance’ since 1992 and had since then worked for the BBC, Channel 4, Scottish TV, Sky and ITV, also writing weekly columns for the Sun newspaper.
After Esther McVey’s interview (she is pictured today, left), GMB cut live to the Lorraine studio where Piers asked host Lorraine Kelly (right) on whether she remembered McVey from the days they both worked at ITV