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GMB sparks backlash after awkward moment student opens results live on-air

Daisy Phillipson

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GMB sparks backlash after awkward moment student opens results live on-air

Good Morning Britain has been slammed after showing students opening their A Level results live on air, leading to a rather awkward moment. Watch below:


This year marked the first normal exam run following major disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

And today (18 August) was a particularly nerve-racking moment for thousands of A Level students across the UK as they received their results this morning.


Good Morning Britain has made a tradition of selecting a number of teens to open those fateful letters live on their show - and let's just say things don't always go to plan.

This was the case for one lad named Dylan, who told ITV host Pip Tomson that he was 'nervous' and was hoping to get a couple of Bs.

When he opened his envelope, despite appearing disappointed, Tomson jumped in and read his results which were DDC.

Thankfully he said prior to the reveal that he's landed an unconditional university offer, but even so viewers were quick to criticise the show for broadcasting the moment to the nation.

Viewers were angry with the show for broadcasting the moment on live TV. Credit: ITV
Viewers were angry with the show for broadcasting the moment on live TV. Credit: ITV

Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "That poor lad... how could the school let that happen live on national TV!?"

Another said: "Oh dear Dylan doesn't look like the results you quite wanted."

Dylan was one of a number of students who stood in a row as their results were filmed for all to see, which only made the moment even more awkward as his peers got the grades they were hoping for.


A teen named Olivia told Tomson that she was hoping for three As so that she could study medicine at The University of Sunderland, only to discover that she earned all A*s.

Meanwhile, Shane received a double Distinction* in the subjects he'd hoped for, meaning he could go on to study game design at Hull University.

Beyond the segment, commenters slammed GMB for always airing what is supposed to be a private moment during the exam results season.


As said by one: "Can anyone explain the obsession breakfast TV has with having students open their A Level results live on TV?"

Another wrote: "@GMB #gmb worst kind of journalism getting/encouraging kids to open A Level results live on air.

"Firstly, obviously, only those sure of good results will offer to do so. Secondly, utterly pointless exercise that doesn’t inform in any way. Pure voyeurism."


While a third added: "Live footage of students opening their A Level results courtesy of @GMB. What is wrong with you! Really not well considered."

LADbible has contacted ITV for a comment.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Good Morning Britain, Education, ITV, UK News

Daisy Phillipson
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