Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield under fire over 'harsh' interview with 'ME-ternity' author
Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield have come under fire from viewers for their 'harsh' approach during an interview with an American author.
The ITV This Morning hosts spoke to controversial American author Meghann Foye via video link about her 'ME-ternity' concept.
Meghann (38) believes that child-free female employees should be afforded time off work to avoid burning out in the same way that women with children receive maternity leave and return to work with increased confidence.
However, mother of three Holly and dad of two Philip were clearly not impressed by the notion and Meghann struggled to voice her opinion in the face of their disapproval.
The hosts suggested that comparing such time off to maternity leave trivialises being off work to give birth and look after a baby by suggesting it's like a holiday during which a woman can recharge.
Meghann denied she believes this and simply said 'ME-ternity' is a "fun play on words" rather than a serious concept.
"Sometimes when you're single you can get really burned out, and there's no way to ask for time off," said Meghann.
Philip suggested this was "pandering to a bunch of tree-huggers when you say, 'what I need is just some thinking time? I haven't got time for work, I need some reflection'."
Meghann defended herself by saying, "It's not coming from that, it's coming from a place of - you've worked for a long time and are super burned out, it's a time to take a little step back and think, 'is what I'm doing working for me?'"
Although most viewers did not agree with Meghann's concept, they felt Holly and Philip's approach was a little "harsh".
This #meternity chat is awkward I really don't think she meant to cause offence but mugged herself with the title.— Diana Vickers (@DianaVickers) May 4, 2016