On Monday’s edition of the ITV morning show, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield introduced a new series to the show called Out To Lunch with Nigel Havers, where the actor meets a famous friend in a glamorous London restaurant.
The 69-year-old explained: ‘In this series, I’ll be sitting down for lunch in some of London’s most glamorous locations, and having a chinwag and some delicious food. So, let’s go out to lunch.’
In the first episode, Nigel was joined by Griff Rhys Jones at the Rosewood London where they chatted about their showbiz lives over pea and mint soup, salmon and lamb.
However, Jay was not impressed with the similarities between the This Morning segment and his own podcast – from the name, to the format.
The MasterChef regular launched his podcast, Out To Lunch with Jay Rayner, in March 2019, on which he interviews a famous person over lunch in a restaurant in the UK.
Over the five series so far, Jay has interviewed stars including Stanley Tucci, Damian Lewis, Jo Brand, Tom Kerridge and Kathy Burke.
Jay seemed to be alerted to the similarities by a viewer, who tweeted: ‘It seems #thismorning have completely ripped off your @outtolunchwithformat. Sadly they have Nigel Havers interviewing various well-known people over lunch, even calling it Out To Lunch – with Nigel Havers. Obviously your podcast is so much interesting & entertaining.’
He responded: ‘Imitation being the sincerest form etc. Tbf there is no wizardry to the formula; you just have to be good at it.’
However, the following day, Jay seemed to be a bit more annoyed.
The 54-year-old journalist tweeted: ‘One for the producers of @thismorning (and @Schofe/ @hollywills). There’s nowt unique about interviewing people over food.
‘But out of basic self-respect and originality, couldn’t you have come up with a name other than #OutToLunch for your new segment? Given a certain podcast?’
He continued: ‘It’s gobsmacking, to be honest @thismorning. Not just the same idea. Not just exactly the same name. But even the same location as the last episode of #OutToLunch recorded in a restaurant. Havers is sitting in exactly the seat I sat in at @HolbornDining. Aren’t you embarrassed?’
While some more recent episodes of Out To Lunch (the Rayner version) have been recorded remotely, an episode published on July 13 with Charles Dance saw the pair eating in The Pie Room at the Holborn Dining Room, which is part of the Rosewood Hotel.
However, Jay and Charles did stick to the handmade pies from chef Calum Franklin.
Great British Menu host Andi Oliver quote-tweeted Jay’s post, writing: ‘Woooow! That’s definitely not ok!!!’, while other followers called the This Morning series ‘a rip-off’.
Metro.co.uk has contacted This Morning for comment.
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