Good Morning Britain, Britain’s Got Talent and I’m A Celeb are the most complained about shows of the year, Ofcom reveal

THREE of ITV's biggest shows have been named as the year's most complained-about moments.

Britain's Got Talent, I'm A Celebrity and Good Morning Britain top the chart in a year that saw Brits object to TV programmes a staggering 142,000 times.

The complaints Top 10, released by Ofcom, exclude shows made by the BBC which is not regulated by the TV watchdog.

Top of the league were Piers Morgan's comments on GMB that he didn't believe Meghan Markle's mental health claims.

He disputed the remarks, made in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, in March – sparking 54,453 complaints.

In second place was Britain's Got Talent and the Black Lives Matter dance that Diversity performed in September last year.

Top 10 TV complaints 2020/21

OFCOM has released its most complained about shows today. Here we reveal the figures – and what the TV watchdog said the complaints were about…

  1. GMB: Comments by Piers Morgan about the Duchess of Sussex’s reference to feeling suicidal (54,453)
  2. BGT: Objections to performance by Diversity on 5 September referencing Black Lives Matter (25,017)
  3. I'm A Celeb: Welfare of animals used in trials on the show (11,516)
  4. BGT: Alesha Dixon wearing a necklace with the initials “BLM” being offensive and not suitable for a non-political show (2,565)
  5. BGT: Objections to Nabil Abdulrashid’s performance on the grounds of finding it offensive (2,253)
  6. GMB: Objections to Piers Morgan's manner of interviewing Helen Whateley MP (2,017)
  7. GMB: Objections to Piers Morgan's manner of interviewing Helen Whateley MP a second time (1,334)
  8. BGT: Objections to Nabil Abdulrashid's performance on the grounds of finding it offensive, and Amanda Holden's dress was too revealing (1,189)
  9. GMB: Perceived bias / bullying from Piers Morgan when interviewing Victoria Atkin, MP (1,178)
  10. GMB: Disputed Rishi Sunak’s claims that he had met with Excluded UK leaders (1,068)

Source: Ofcom

ITV, which said is was proud of the Bafta-winning performance led by Ashley Banjo, saw 25,017 objections fly in.

In third place was I'm A Celebrity which saw 11,516 people complain about what they felt were animal welfare issues on the show, which uses live bugs in most of its tasks.

There were two other mentions of Britain's Got Talent in Ofcom's list – with 2,565 saying judge Alesha Dixon should not have worn a BLM necklace on a non-political show.

Nearly the same amount – 2,253 – objected to comic to Nabil Abdulrashid’s stand-up routine on the hit talent show.


A spokesperson for Ofcom said: "We’re a nation of TV lovers, and it’s kept us entertained and informed like never before during lockdown.

“But, from time to time, viewers see things that trouble them, and that’s where we come in.

"We assess every complaint we receive, and while we don’t step in lightly given the importance of free speech – we take strong action where we find serious harm to audiences.”

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