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Good Morning Britain Viewers Blast 'Horrifying' Dame Barbara Windsor Comments

Good Morning Britain Viewers Blast 'Horrifying' Dame Barbara Windsor Comments

Good Morning Britain viewers were left outraged on Thursday morning during a chat about Dame Barbara Windsor's Alzheimer's diagnosis.

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The news came after it was revealed that the EastEnders' legend has been secretly battling the disease since for four years.

As hosts Kate Garraway and Susanna Reid chatted about the heartbreaking news, viewers slammed their choice of words, as many pointed that they were speaking in the past tense.

Kate said: "You were both so fond of each other," before correcting herself: "... are so fond."

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One furious viewer tweeted: "Why are people on @GMB talking about Barbara Windsor in the past tense?

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"Maybe this is why people choose not to tell others that they have the illness!"

"Shame on you for reporting on this like she's died. Absolutely horrified that you are talking in the past tense," a second fumed.

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This comes after Dame Barbara's husband, Scott Mitchell, chose to speak out about his wife's condition, to 'set the record straight'.

In an unpaid interview with The Sun, he revealed his wife's first words after she received the dreaded diagnosis.

"When the doctor told us, she began crying then held it back, stretched her hand out to me and mouthed, 'I'm so sorry...'

"I squeezed her hand back and said, 'Don't worry, we'll be OK'."

He continued: "Since her 80th birthday last August, a definite continual confusion has set in, so it's becoming a lot more difficult for us to hide.

"I don't want it to come across that she's sitting there unable to communicate, because she's not."

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"We're still going out for walks or dinner with friends and we still laugh together a lot. She loves going out and it's good for her - she comes alive. And of course, the public are naturally very drawn to her, which I don't want to stop.

"But as soon as we leave the house, I live in constant terror that she's going to say something, or suddenly have a panic attack, or get photographed when she's not looking right.

"I didn't want someone else to dictate how or when the diagnosis came out, so that's why I'm ­speaking about it now.

"I'm doing this because I want us to be able to go out and, if something isn't quite right, it will be OK because people will now know that she has Alzheimer's and will accept it for what it is."

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Topics: News, Good Morning Britain, Celebrity News, TV News

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on emma.rosemurgey@pretty52.com

 

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