Phillip Schofield takes savage swipe at Kay Burley after she breaks Covid rules

This Morning fans felt Phillip Schofield had "thrown shade" at Sky News presenter Kay Burley on Wednesday's show, after he made a cheeky joke about her recent controversy.

The broadcaster was forced to apologise after it emerged she'd hosted a 60th birthday party, breaking Tier-2 Covid restrictions.

On This Morning, agony aunt Deirdre Sanders appeared on the show, discussing an upcoming segment on "festive family feuds".

In advance of the call-in session, Deirdre revealed she'd heard of rule-breakers planning to welcome heaps of guests for Christmas dinner.

She said: "I heard of someone having 16 people around from five different households."

Deirdre then added that there are "really a lot of dilemmas going" on in the build-up to the festive season.

Back in the studio, Phil replied: "Someone's told you they've got 16 people coming round?"

When Deirdre confirmed that was the case, Phil asked: "It's not Kay Burley is it?"

Holly Willoughby then shot him a look, laughing briefly before they continued with the segment.

Taking to Twitter, viewers accused Phil of "throwing shade" after picking up on the cheeky remark on the show.

One said: "Ooh Philip shading Kay Burley…"

"Not Kay Burley is it" Philip throwing the shade this morning," said a second.

"‘Someone's told you they've got 16 people coming round, it's not Kay Burley is it?' Ouch, Philip," added a second.

According to reports, Burley will not return to Sky News until next year following the incident.

Burley has since apologised about the event in question, saying: "On Saturday night I was enjoying my 60th birthday at a Covid compliant restaurant.

"I am embarrassed to say that later in the evening I inadvertently broke the rules…

"I had been waiting for a taxi at 11pm to get home. Desperate for the loo I briefly popped into another restaurant to spend a penny. I can only apologise."

This Morning airs on weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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