Good Morning Britain's Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid clashed with former DUP Health Minister Jim Wells over the politician's stance on same-sex couples appearing on Strictly Come Dancing.

Wells appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain on Tuesday where he said same-sex couples should not be allowed on the BBC dancing show because it would be too "challenging" to watch and argued that Strictly is "family viewing".

He said: "You've had a busy week, you sit down with the family and you watch pure entertainment.

"The last thing you want is to be challenged or to be asked deep intellectual questions."

When asked by Morgan and Reid what is "challenging" about same-sex couples, he continued: "What's challenging is if you have the family, young children with you...they'll be asking why are the two men or two women dancing together?"

Reid said: "What if those two children are sitting down with two mums or two dads?" and Wells replied: "Obviously that's a situation I have no control over."

"Gay people dancing, that's somehow is not entertaining, that's offensive to you?" Morgan asked.

Wells went on to cite Blind Date, saying that the programme "went down the plughole" and that viewers switched off after the "radical" move to include homosexual and lesbian couples.

Morgan and Reid then asked him what time he thought gay couple should be allowed on TV, to which he replied: "Exactly the same time as the BBC thought two years ago, 9pm."

After the politician said he felt insulted by Morgan, the broadcaster replied: "I'm not insulting you, I'm insulting your bigotry, which is irrational, inconsistent, makes no sense whatsoever, your favourite shows have loads of gay presenters on, there's a gay judge on Strictly, you think that's fine but you won't have two people - who may not even be gay - dancing together."

Wells asked if Morgan is meant to be impartial for the interview, to which Reid said: "How can you be impartial about homosexuality?"

The BBC last week said that they are open to same-sex couples taking part in Strictly Come Dancing.

A spokesman said: "We are completely open to the prospect of including same-sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers in the future, should the opportunity arise."

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One this Saturday, September 7, at 7:10pm.

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