This Morning fans praise Dermot O’Leary as interview with child genius descends into chaos

This Morning fans praise Dermot O’Leary as interview with child genius descends into chaos

This Morning viewers were left in bits following today's instalment saw hilarious child genius Teddy Hobbs wreaking havoc all over the studio.

The youngster – who joined hosts Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond with mum Beth on the famous blue sofa today – was just three years old when he taught himself to read.

Now four, Teddy has learned how to count to one hundred in six different languages, making him the UK's youngest member of Mensa.

Follow a series of heart-warming hi-fives with the presenting duo, Teddy's mum Beth attempted to explain to viewers how her son was a 'miracle baby' from the get-go, with she and his father undergoing IVF to have him.

But throughout Beth's explanation, Teddy stole the show by engaging in a hi-five fight with fan-favourite Dermot.

And viewers of the show quickly took to Twitter to heap praise on the presenting pair as they were able to keep their cool amid Teddy's hilarious antics.

One fan tweeted: "Dermot’s got him all wound up and he can’t calm down now. Think Dermot was enjoying himself as much as Teddy! Saw him on news the other evening – such a cute and clever kid."

Another wrote: "Good Luck to the poor Mum having to calm Teddy down after Dermot has whipped him up into a frenzy!"

"Dermot did so well to amuse that kid so cute #ThisMorning," a third viewer wrote, whilst another continued, "Can anyone tell me what was said during that Alison interview? Or were we all just watching dermot and little lad muck about?"

The little boy later had viewers' jaws-dropping as he demonstrated how to count to 10 in Mandarin.

"During lockdown, he started doing things that his friends weren't really doing," Beth tried to explain. "He started going out for walks and he'd see the house numbers and…"

But Beth was interrupted again as an extremely-loud Teddy stomped over to Dermot and climbed on his lap, insisting the two played together.

"I remember messaging my friends on WhatsApp and asking, 'Do anybody else's children get excited when they see house number whilst out on a walk?'.

"He was watching children's TV and he wanted educational programs. So, we kind of rolled with it, because if a child wants education, you don't say no."

Trying to contain her laughter whilst Teddy – and his toy teddy bear 'beat up' host Dermot – Alison commented: "What's lovely about it is you can see that he's just a little baby!"

"He's very much still a four-year-old," Beth agreed. "Still finds poo funny. We're really lucky – we've got a really lovely group of friends and we do swimming and gymnastics.

"We make sure he's a very rounded boy," she adds. "But I got told off at tea time last night because I got my times tables wrong."

"Dermot O'Leary, I'm trying to have an interview here!" Alison jokingly shouts over the ruckus. "And you're just playing!"

"What am I supposed to do?!" Dermot laughs back.

Asked how Teddy came to be part of Mensa, Beth explained: "We wanted to know before we looked around schools exactly where he was.

"So, we were looking for an assessment, we spoke to our health visitor and they said, 'We don't really know what to do – have you looked at Mensa?'.

"And so we went to Mensa. They put us in touch with Lyn Kendall [educator at Mensa] and she did an assessment with us so that we could have something on black and white to take to school and say, 'This is him – and good luck!'".


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