Bernie Ecclestone’s interview on This Morning was branded a “car crash” by viewers today.
Hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were left visibly uncomfortable over some of his comments regarding women and black people in sport.
The former F1 boss became a dad again earlier this month at the age of 89 after his wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, gave birth to his first son, Ace.
Appearing via video link with his wife Fabiana, he was asked whether he had wanted to be in the delivery room with her.
“No, I’m not a doctor,” he replied awkwardly. “I’d rather watch a video.”
Holly then attempted to ask him what it was like to become a father later on in life – 65 years after his first daughter was born.
“It was arranged, I wanted to be a father and Fabiana really wanted to be a mother,” he said, explaining that he had much more time to spend with his son than he did with his daughters all those years ago.
Asked whether he did nighttime feeds, he replied with an emphatic “no”.
While Bernie said that he would “do whatever was necessary”, he added: “That’s what wives are for.”
Holly was clearly not impressed as Phil winced over the comments.
She want on to ask whether they would like to have another brother or sister, Bernie replied: “I think it would be great if he has a little brother or sister.”
However, Bernie said that he wasn’t so keen on his son following in his footsteps.
“I think it’s bad if children want to be what their father is,” he said.
Phil went on to ask his opinion on there not being enough opportunities for black people in the F1.
This comes after Lewis Hamilton claimed he was “silenced and told to back down” earlier in his Formula One career over his plans to support former NFL player Colin Kaepernick before the 2017 US Grand Prix.
The six-time world champion spoke of a chat he had years ago with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick, whose kneeling protests in 2016 became a symbol of the fight against racial injustice.
However, Bernie insisted that Formula 1 “has always been open to anyone”.
“Anyone who was talented to do a job would be more than welcome,” he said. “I’ve never met a black person I’ve not liked.”
Viewers branded the interview “excruciating” and flocked to Twitter to comment.
One wrote: “Bernie Ecclestone: ‘I’ve never met a black person I don’t like’ is basically ‘I can’t possibly be racist because I have a black friend’.”
While another commented: “#ThisMorning what an absolute joy this interview this has been with Bernie Ecclestone. Really brings a smile. I am of course joking.”
A third questioned: “WHO booked this awful interview? #ThisMorning.”
“Bernie Ecclestone on #ThisMorning ♀️ awkward and hellish,” another commented.
One tweeted: “Epitome of chauvinism cringing!”
*This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV
Tv ninja. Lifelong analyst. Award-winning music evangelist. Professional beer buff. Incurable zombie specialist.