Phillip Schofield Gets Angry With “This Morning” Guest Who Bought Prosecco With Christmas Benefits Bonus

Phillip Schofield Gets Angry With “This Morning” Guest Who Bought Prosecco With Christmas Benefits Bonus

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On today’s This Morning, Phillip Schofield got angry with mom-of-four Deborah Hodge after she “got his back up” over Christmas prosecco.


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Deborah was a teacher for a long time before her partner had a breakdown after being in the army and her children were taken out of school for “serious health issues”.

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Back story aside, Phillip explained why he was a bit ticked off with the This Morning guest. He said “You got your £10 Christmas bonus from your benefits, and you bought two bottles of Prosecco with it, which you’re perfectly able to do.”

Deborah used her £10 Christmas benefits bonus to buy 2 bottles of prosecco and bought her children’s £2800 Christmas gifts with benefits, credit cards and loans. She said “I wanted my children to have the Christmas we used to have, as we used to have a lot of money. We’ve had an awful year with bullying, and if my books work out, I’ll be able to pay it off and some.”

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But Phil’s issue didn’t stem from her purchasing choices, it was the fact that she followed it up with this:

“But then you said, ‘So cheers to the taxpayer for my Christmas gift’. Do you not think that’s a little bit incendiary?”

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Deborah defended herself, saying “By day I’m mum, and I’m also a writer. I work very hard, I don’t drink prosecco much because of its adverse effects, so I was grateful for that.”

But Phil wasn’t having any of it. “It doesn’t sound like that. It sounds like ‘Cheers! Here’s what I bought with your money’.”

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When Davina jumped in, asking Deborah to put herself back into her taxpayer shoes and consider it from that point of view, the mom-of-four admitted that her statement would have made her angry. But, she added, “We can’t go back in time, I stick by it. I’m proud to be caught by the benefits system. We can live a little, not a lot.”


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