Caprice Bourret found herself at loggerheads with a medical expert during an appearance on the Jeremy Vine Show on Monday, as they discussed coronavirus.
The erstwhile Dancing On Ice contestant, 48, was seen debating with Dr. Sarah Jarvis on how best to curtail the pandemic’s growth when she insisted the UK should be following Taiwan and Singapore’s model with a two-week shutdown.
As she shared her view, Caprice was told by Dr. Jarvis: ‘No disrespect, but unless you have read every scientific paper and statistical modelling paper that’s come out you cannot argue with me on that. You can have an opinion but it’s not a fact.’
Row: Caprice Bourret (right) got into a row with medical expert Dr. Sarah Jarvis (left) during an appearance on the Jeremy Vine Show on Monday, as they discussed coronavirus
Showing no signs of relenting, the star stood firm as she shot back: ‘But I can, I have an opinion. Let me read you the facts: In Taiwan and Singapore early on everyone was wearing surgical masks…’
‘Which make no difference at all,’ Dr. Jarvis boomed back at Caprice, who refused to back down as she said: ‘Sorry, I let you so let me finish…’
Host Jeremy then interjected as he explained to Caprice: ‘Alright, but Sarah is the expert, but go on.’
Closed: Caprice said the UK should follow Taiwan and Singapore’s model with a total shutdown
‘This is from a newspaper! This is from somebody from WHO!’ Caprice said, before the discussion was eventually brought back to Dr. Jarvis.
Caprice drew the ire of Dr. Jarvis when she suggested that the UK goes into a total shutdown for two weeks – a model which she insisted had worked in Asia.
The Channel 5 show was filmed without a live studio audience for the first time in its history, amid attempts to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
However, a large number of viewers were aghast at what they saw, taking to Twitter in droves to ask why Caprice was even invited to debate such a topic on the show.
Expert: Jeremy Vine interjected, telling Caprice: ‘Alright, but Sarah is the expert, but go on’
Twitter: Dom Joly led a host of Twitter users in expressing disagreement with Caprice’s stance
Wrote one viewer: ‘No disrespect to Caprice. She has to earn a living and everything but seriously broadcasters stop putting ill informed people up against experts. This is life and death stuff and TV has a duty to inform.’
‘At a time of national crisis why the hell @theJeremyVine would you have #Caprice on there giving out information from a newspaper,’ queried another. ‘Come on…we deserve better than this!!! For bl**dy shame on you! Give the airways over to professional people who can give the RIGHT information.’
Stated a third: ‘Caprice “debating” a qualified doctor about the coronavirus, is a crystallised version of everything wrong with our culture and general discourse.’
Dom Joly also chimed in on the episode as he tweeted: ‘This is just embarrassing – stick to experts – shouldn’t even be having this kind of debate using people who’ve “read stuff in papers”.’
Facts: Caprice drew objections from Dr. Jarvis as she read facts on the virus from a newspaper
Aghast: A large number of viewers were aghast at what they saw, taking to Twitter in droves to ask why Caprice was even invited to debate such a topic on the show
Dr. Jarvis herself retweeted Dr. Zoe Williams, who stated: ‘Just a reminder that @DrSarahJarvis is a doctor and a media medic. Caprice is a celebrity! Be careful who you listen to out there. Sense would say that the Dr is more likely to be correct!’
However, Caprice also had a number of supporters on the micro-blogging site, with one stating: TBF on Caprice, she started the debate wrongly. The article she is referring to is from a top medical spokesperson in China.. And that approach works.
‘Dr Sarah Jarvis for the sake of her medical career has to obide by Gov guidelines.. Which we are now understanding is wrong!’ [sic]
The viewer continued of Dr. Jarvis: She would be risking her professional reputation by going against them [government guidelines].
‘However the WHO ar correct and our Gov should hopefully see that and change tac when they realise they’ve screwed up.. However it might be too late.’ [sic]
Studio audience: The Channel 5 show was filmed without a live studio audience for the first time in its history, amid attempts to curb the spread of the deadly virus
Agreeing: Caprice also had a number of supporters on the micro-blogging site, insisting that she was right to express the need for the UK to go for a total shutdown
Another said: ‘Caprice is right tho? Not on 2 weeks being sufficient but her broader point about lockdown being the proven method of limiting virus stands I think.’ [sic]
After Caprice exited the studio, a source close to the star told MailOnline slammed ‘so-called experts’ for encouraging anything other than closing things down to halt the spread of coronavirus.
‘Caprice believes we should follow Taiwan and Singapore’s lead in how they have tackled the coronavirus early on and ultimately have controlled and contained the spread of the virus,’ said the source.
‘She is concerned like many others over the lack of clarity from so called experts and believes the UK should have followed Taiwan and Singapore in shutting all UK schools early on!’
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Caprice for comment.
Caprice’s fiery debate comes days after she was seen stepping out wearing a mask covering her nose and mouth, after narrowly avoiding catching coronavirus.
Jaw-dropping: Hours after her appearance on the show, Caprice stepped out in glam style, wearing a sleeveless grey dress with a plunging neckline and cinched waist
The model wore the protective item as she headed out in London on Friday to record for a podcast, with sources exclusively telling MailOnline that Caprice was ‘left shaken’ over the COVID-19 pandemic.
A source revealed that Caprice had a near-miss with the virus, after a friend of hers caught it, and she is now ‘following every precaution necessary’ to avoid falling ill.
Her appearance comes after sources say the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak is starting to hit home for Caprice.
‘It’s starting to hit close to home and [Caprice] was rationed to one toilet roll and one kitchen roll per person at Costco,’ the inside told MailOnline.
‘Her covershoot with Global Woman Magazine has also been cancelled and rescheduled at the last minute because one of the crew tested positive with coronavirus.’
Taking precautions: Caprice was seen stepping out wearing a mask covering her nose and mouth, after narrowly avoiding catching coronavirus, in London on Friday
They added: ‘She told the pal that it is quite scary and if the photoshoot was only one day before, she could have been infected.
‘It has shaken her up and she is quite concerned. She is now being very careful and following every precaution necessary to avoid contracting the virus.’
Caprice has been keeping a low-profile over the last few months, after bowing out of this year’s series of Dancing On Ice following a ‘tough few months’.
She had started on the series with professional skating partner Hamish Gaman, but was later forced to pull out of the show after the pair became embroiled in a bullying row.
The star was reportedly left too scared to speak during Dancing On Ice training after Hamish enforced a ‘three strikes and you’re out rule’ if she didn’t do exactly what he said – making her feel like mistakes were not allowed.
Caprice was put into an alternative pairing with Oscar Peter but subsequently decided to quit the ITV series altogether to ‘recover and look after herself and her family’.
‘Tough’: Caprice has been keeping a low-profile after quitting Dancing On Ice following a bullying row with her skating partner Hamish Gaman (pictured above on the ITV series)
Hamish later told Hello! magazine that he was moving on from the drama after deciding to propose to fiancée Amelia, who he met on Tinder four years ago.
He said: ‘I’ve known for a long time that I want to spend the rest of my life with Amelia but what I’ve been through made me keen to make that commitment to her sooner than we’d anticipated.
‘For the past few months I’ve been in a dark place which I couldn’t have got through without her. Recent events have made me realise just how much I love her. Planning our wedding together has brought light to the darkness.
Hamish continued: ‘Without Amelia I don’t know what I would have done. When you’re in the public eye, you expect to read and hear gossip about yourself, but I never thought it would affect my mental health as much as it did.
‘I found it hard to sleep and eat, and would wake up with anxiety. Amelia has been my absolute rock.’
Support: Hamish denied Caprice’s bullying claims and said the ordeal took him to a ‘dark place’, but he praised his fiancee Amelia for supporting him through it
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