Graham Norton defends Alison Hammond’s blunder about his dead dog after backlash

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Graham Norton has addressed Alison Hammond's This Morning gaffe after she asked the star about his dog, unaware it had died.

The TV star, 57, appeared on the daytime show on Friday along with Alison, who has replaced Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes after their exit.

Graham spoke about his new weekend role on Virgin Radio before the TV presenter moved the conversation on, asking if he still had his dog.

In response, he bluntly replied: "No, dead."

Thankfully, there was some laughter in the studio, but some viewers frowned upon Alison's question as they thought she might have been "insensitive".

Graham Norton has addressed Alison Hammond's blunder
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Speaking on his Sunday radio show, Graham defended her though, and explained: "Now, I meant to say this yesterday, big up Alison Hammond. She got so much flak for apparently, you know, being insensitive or upsetting me.

"Because I did This Morning and she said, 'Oh, how's your dog?' and I said, 'Oh it's dead'.

"And I did it in a deliberate way to be awkward. And it was going to be funny. It was funny.

He revealed his dog had died
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"And I think she found it funny and Dermot found it funny. I found it funny."

The presenter added that some viewers had "misinterpreted" what Alison had said as they wrongly slammed her for being "horrible".

"So I love Alison Hammond and if there was any awkwardness, it was my fault," he continued.

Graham has stuck up for Alison after she received backlash
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"I made it a bad thing. That's the other thing, I feel like people then think I'm kind of heartless.

"I was bereft when the dog went, but now I can use it for comedy."

*This Morning airs weekdays on ITV.

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