‘It’s upsetting’: Bradley Walsh breaks down in tears on This Morning as he discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on families with loved ones in care
Bradley Walsh broke down in tears on This Morning on Thursday, as he discussed the plight of families with loved ones in care homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The beloved host of The Chase made an appearance on the ITV show via video call, and admitted his ‘heartbreak’ after hearing of a mother unable to see her Huntington’s disease-stricken son due to hospital restrictions.
A usually upbeat Bradley, 60, was seen getting choked up as he imagined how difficult it would be to have a terminally ill relative in a care home, but not be able to physically visit them in their dying days.
Emotional: Bradley Walsh broke down in tears on This Morning on Thursday, as he discussed the plight of families with loved ones in care homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visibly emotional, he said: ‘It’s hard enough to see your… It’s hard enough, I’m sorry.’ Bradley then paused as tears streamed down his face.
He added: ‘It’s hard enough to see your parents go, but if your child is going to go before you, something needs to be done, it’s so upsetting.’
Clearly moved as she sat beside her co-host Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby assured the TV personality: ‘Don’t be sorry.’
Heartbreak: The star admitted his ‘heartbreak’ after hearing of a mother unable to see her Huntington’s disease-stricken son due to hospital restrictions
During a video segment, viewers watched as it was explained that a number of people have been forced to visit their relatives only through glass windows, or via video calling, since the start of the pandemic earlier this year.
Phillip was also seen struggling to hold back tears as cameras returned to the London studios where This Morning is filmed.
Bradley’s emotional appearance on the show comes after it was claimed that his earnings have been boosted by £2 million, making him the UK’s highest-paid presenters behind Ant and Dec.
Interview: He spoke candidly with show hosts (top L-R) Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby
Accounts filed by his Wingit Productions show the actor and presenter has funds valued at around £11.5 million, up from £9.5 million the previous year.
It comes following reports that Bradley is being lined up to host a revival of the iconic game show Blankety Blank and has signed a big-money deal to front the series.
Blankety Blank debuted in 1979 and was hosted by Terry Wogan before Les Dawson took over in 1984, followed by Paul O’Grady as Lily Savage from 1996 to 1997 and again from 2001 to 2002 on ITV.
Choked up: A usually upbeat Bradley, 60, was seen getting choked up as he imagined how difficult it would be to not be able to physically visit a loved on in their dying days
Along with hosting daytime staple The Chase, Bradley has also fronted the travel series Breaking Dad alongside his son Barney, and has recently starred in Doctor Who.
A source told The Sun: ‘Bradley regularly polls internally as one of ITV’s most liked stars. Viewers adore him, and he can turn his hand to pretty much any form of broadcasting.
‘When it comes to taking on new work, he can basically name his price.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Bradley Walsh for comment.
Bring it back: It was recently reported that Bradley has been recruited by the BBC to host a revival of classic TV game show Blankety Blank