This Morning viewers fuming after Corrie boss Kate Oates is ‘rude’ to Holly Willoughby

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by Eden-Olivia Lord |
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Coronation Street's boss Kate Oates has received backlash following her latest TV interview

It was only last week that Corrie's boss Kate Oates came to blows with Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garrawayover dramatic storylines and now the producer has been slammed following her This Morning interview.

Over the past few months ITV viewers have seen Bethany Platt's grooming storyline, Pat Phelan murder his was through the cobbles, vicar Billy Mayhew take heroin in church and more recent, David Platt's male rape ordeal.

In upcoming scenes viewers will see the aftermath of the horrific incident and Jack P. Shepherd has opened up about how the storyline will continue.

Check out: Soap stars who have committed crimes in real life


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Soap stars committed crime

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Nick Pickard

Back in 2012 Hollyoaks' longest-serving actor Nick Pickard (who plays Tony Hutchinson) pleaded guilty to drink driving.After the actor was stopped by police, a blood test found that he was over the legal alcohol limit by 14 milligrams. He was then given a 12 month driving ban and fined £850. At the time his solicitor told the court: "He wishes to express his remorse and regret, and he acknowledges he made a grave error in judgement."He had consumed alcohol earlier that day. He thought the alcohol had gone from his system and he apologises."

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Leslie Grantham

From 1967 to 1977 EastEnders star Leslie Grantham, who is best known as Dirty Den, served 10 years in prison for murder. The horrific incident took place after the actor tried to rob a taxi driver in Germany, following the altercation the driver died from a gunshot wound to his head. Despite denying any knowledge that there were bullets in the gun, he was found guilty of murder and send to prison. Surprisingly during his time in prison he acted in plays with other inmates and even became friends with his former EastEnders co-star Louise Jameson following her visits to the prison.After going on EastEnders, leaving and then returning again he was later involved in a sex scandal after a newspaper printed X-rated photos of the actor from his dressing room. Following his behaviour he released a statement and apologised, saying: "I am wholeheartedly ashamed of my behaviour and feel that I have let down my colleagues, as well as my friends and family."

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Bruno Langley

In November 2017 Coronation Street's Bruno Langley (who is best known as Todd Grimshaw) was accused of acting inappropriately towards a woman on a night out. Shortly after he was dismissed from the show another sexual assault allegation came to light.After the actor was charged with the two counts, he was then accused by a 15-year-old girl of 'pursuing' her. The former Corrie star then pleaded guilty to the two charges and had to pay a £500 fine and a 12-month community order.He then released a statement where he apologised for his "disgraceful behavoiur" he went on to say: "I have absolutely no memory of what happened because of excessive alcohol consumption and it was for this reason that I behaved completely out of character."However, I take full responsibility for my actions that night."

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Joseph Shade

He played Ian Beale's son Peter Beale from 1998 to 2004 but Joseph Shade was spared jail in 2017 after admitting to sexual assaults against three teenage girls.After pleading guilty to the crimes of the three girls between the ages of 14 and 17, he was handed an 18-month sentence suspended for 24 months, a sexual harm prevention order for five years and 150 hours of unpaid work.

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Tim Dowd

In 2018 the Coronation Street cast and crew were shocked to discover one of their directors had been arrested for child grooming. Tim Dowd was caught after a police officer posed online as a 13-year-old girl.He has also worked on Emmerdale, Heartbeat and Casualty.

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Michael Le Vell

Back in 2011 Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster, arrested however the Crown Prosecution Service decided to not proceed with the case.However, in 2013 following fresh allegations from the accuser he was arrested again. The girl (who at the time of the trial was 17) accused the actor of abusing her from the age of six until 14. He faced 12 charges which also included sexual activity with a child, causing a child to engage in sexual activity and indecent assault. He denied all of the charges and was later found not guilty. During the trial he did not appear in any of Corrie's episodes and after it came to light that he was innocent, he admitted outside the court that he was "delighted" and felt the result was "a weight off everyone's shoulders".Fast forward a few years and the actor has been declared bankrupt after having to pay out £200,000 in legal fees following the child abuse claims.

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Bill Roache

A few months after Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell was arrested so was his co-star Bill Roache.The Corrie star, who plays Ken Barlow, was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967. However things got worse for the actor as he was then charged with two counts of rape and then five more counts of indecent assault against children between the age of 12 and 16.He pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and after three weeks at the trial he was found not guilty. After thanking everyone for their support, he said in a statement: "In these situations there are no winners, and I think we should all be much kinder to ourselves."

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Leanne Lakey

From 2001 to 2003 she was known for playing Belinda Slater in EastEnders but years after being in the BBC soap she accused of attempting to smuggle three kilos of cocaine into the UK.The actress was arrested at Gatwick Airport in 2016 after the class A drug was found hidden in the bottom of her suitcase.A year after the arrest, and Leanne Lakey was found not guilty after there was no evidence against her.

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Jody Latham

He played EastEnders' Rob Grayson (Whitney Dean's pimp) but in 2011 actor, Jody Latham, was arrested for growing cannabis. Police seized 24 plants from him.However, he managed to avoid jail with a 12-month sentence suspended for two years. In 2016 he was also accused of harassing a contestant on The Apprentice but was later cleared.

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Ben Freeman

He played Scott Windsor in Emmerdale but actor Ben Freeman has previously been accused of raping a girl he met in Barbados while on holiday.Following the accusation he was 'released' from his contract and after denying the allegations he was found not guilty.

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Linda Henry

In 2015 EastEnders starLinda Henry - aka Shirley Carter - was accused of racially abusing a warden. The incident was said to happen after the actress was told off by the accuser of dropping a cigarette bud on the floor.She denied the claims and was later found not guilty.

Kate Oates appeared on This Morning today [19th] to discuss the storyline which some people have branded 'too dark' for pre watershed TV, but things took an awkward turn when she appeared to be 'abrupt' with Holly Willoughby.

On the ITV daytime television show Holly and Phillip Schofield asked the Corrie boss whether she thought the the current storyline was "a step too far" she admitted that she thought it was a double standard because it was male rape.

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She explained: "Coronation Street has dealt with rape before, in 2001 Toyah Battersby has been raped, in 2011 Carla Connor, it seems to me there is a double standard because it is an assault against a man.

"That's part of the reason why it was important to play it."

Holly then explained that a few years ago EastEnders was going to do the male rape storyline but decided against it because it was "too much for pre-watershed". She went on to say that Corrie was the first soap to go through with the storyline however Kate butted in and said:

Kate butted in and said: "Hollyoaks has done a storyline, Coronation Street has a different kind of reach, we have a different kind of viewer, but carry on..."

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The TV presenter was quick to defend herself and say: "No that was it, I just wondered why the BBC would decide not to do it and you would've gone 'actually no, let's go for it'."

The Corrie producer went on to say: "I don't know, I can't say having not been in that room when they made that decision but when we worked with Survivors Manchester, they said they would help us but only if we did it properly."

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While the interview ended perfectly fine and the atmosphere appeared clear, some viewers were less than impressed with Kate.

One person tweeted: "Kate Oates comes across so arrogant. I agree with what she is saying about male assaults shouldn't be taboo but there's no need for her to be so rude in her defense #thismorning"

Someone else commented: "#kateoates is abrupt and rude. We don't take kindly to anyone with this attitude towards our Holly. @thismorning #thismorning #kateoates"

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A third wrote: "Did she really just tell holly to carry on how rude 😂 #thismorning"

Another said: "I mean why is Kate Oates being so defensive and so rude? No need to speak to Holly like that at all 🙄 #ThisMorning"

One more added: "The ‘lovely’ series producer of Coronation Street comes across as an arrogant rude person who is not interested in any criticism."


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Some viewers were quick to defend their favourite TV show, with one person writing: "Coronation Street is a soap based on real life events it's not a sitcom! Men find it hard enough to talk about it no wonder why when this is public opinion #thismorning #Corrie"

Another said: "Lots of people saying she's arrogant or defensive, but actually she's just confident, intelligence and very articulate. Great interview. #corrie #thismorning"

One more added: "The Corrie boss was very good on #ThisMorning she’s totally right these kind of stories need to be shown on soaps every so often, some people would like to shy away from the reality that these things do go on in the world!"

This isn't the first time the ITV soap has been branded controversial; it was 2016's most complained about soap and former Corrie star Craig Charles admitted he quit the showbecause 'producers got too dark'.

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