Horrified This Morning viewers switch off as squirrel is cooked and eaten on air

A squirrel risotto and buttermilk squirrel were served up on the ITV show

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This Morning viewers were so horrified they switched off as Phillip Schofield tucked into squirrel on the show.

The presenter tried the meat following a discussion about how The Exmoor Squirrel Project is encouraging people to eat the grey squirrels in a bid to save the native red squirrel.

Chef Phil Vickery served up a squirrel risotto and buttermilk squirrel, and Schofield and presenter Tom Swarbrick both gave it a go.

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However, Schofe's co-host Holly Willoughby refused to try the dishes, saying that even the thought of it left her feeling a bit "gippy".

Holly Willoughby didn't eat the squirrel. (ITV)
Holly Willoughby didn't eat the squirrel. (ITV)

Many viewers agreed with Willoughby, saying they couldn't even watch as Schofield sampled the meat.

One tweeted that it was an "absolutely disgusting segment".

"Squirrel risotto? Are we using roadkill now?" said somebody else.

One viewer thought it was "appalling", while another posted: "You’ve lost my viewing today as I turned the TV off. Will watch @bbc instead!"

Another person said it was "shameful".

A detail view of a grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)  feeding on a monkey nut on a tree stump in Stockton on Tees on Monday 25th April 2022 (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A grey squirrel was eaten on This Morning. (MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images) (NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Someone else remarked: "I've turned to another channel. I love the grey squirrels that visit our garden."

"I think it’s disgusting that This Morning is laughing and joking about eating grey squirrel live in TV, surely they are wildlife and should not be killed for meat?" stormed another viewer, who said it was "very cruel and inhumane".

However, others said eating a squirrel was just like eating other meats like chicken or beef.

Phillip Schofield poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards 2018 in London, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Phillip Schofield tried squirrel meat. (Invision/AP) (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

"If you aren't vegetarian you can't really get squeamish over eating squirrel," tweeted one.

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Another pointed out: "To the western diet this is odd but then even rats have been consumed in crisis times!"

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