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Laurence Fox left speechless after doctor takes him down over COVID views

The Lewis star was left floundering on live TV after a doctor told him, "I sometimes wonder why you exist," in a discussion about COVID vaccines.

Actor and right-wing pundit Laurence Fox arrives in support of Turning Point UK on March 10, 2023 in London, England. A protest called by far right group Turning Point UK against a Drag Queen Story Hour event at the Great Exhibition pub in Dulwich is confronted by hundreds of counter protestors. The readings have been controversial with disruptive protests leading to a number of events being cancelled around the country. Those that are against Drag Queen Story Hour accuse it of sexualising children. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
Laurence Fox was taken to task by a doctor he invited onto his show. (Getty Images)

Laurence Fox was left floundering on live TV after a doctor told him, "I sometimes wonder why you exist," in a discussion about COVID vaccines.

The 44-year-old actor, musician and activist invited Dr Bharat Pankhania, an expert in infectious disease management from University of Exeter Medical School, onto his GB News show to discuss a new report on the vaccination roll out.

Asked to give his opinion Pankhania said: "I sometimes wonder why you exist, to be honest with you.

"A lot of these things that you spew out, just send things that are worrisome to people, are not verified, not factual.

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"You just have your own agenda, that's what I think. You are just spewing out your biased views. That's how I feel about you."

 Laurence Fox seen on security barriers addressing the crowd outside Downing Street during the anti-lockdown march Unite for Freedom while shouting on a mega-phone against Boris Johnson & the Government. (Photo by Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Laurence Fox attending an anti-lockdown rally in 2021. (Getty Images)

Fox appeared to be briefly lost for words, before finally replying: "I wasn't asking you what you felt about me, I was asking you what you felt about the discussion."

The doctor went on to claim his appearance on the show was an "ambush" as he had been invited to a one-on-one interview with Fox, only to find himself in a panel discussion about a critical report of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's (MHRA) roll out of the vaccines.

Pankhania said of the coronavirus vaccination programme: "All in all on the balance of good versus harm - the good outweighs the harm by a large, large margin."

Fox later tweeted: "After the good doctor started to sermonise about Brexit in relation to vaccine harms, the remainder of the interview was me trying not to giggle."

The actor is best known for playing detective James Hathaway in long-running ITV drama Lewis.

He become the centre of a media storm after voicing controversial opinions on political debate show Question Time in January 2020.

During the coronavirus pandemic he has been outspoken against lockdown restrictions and in May 2021 he stood for London Mayor, only to lose his £10k after getting just 1.8 per cent of votes.

Leader of the Reclaim Party, Laurence Fox arriving at City Hall, London, for the declaration for the next Mayor of London. Picture date: Saturday May 8, 2021. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Laurence Fox lost his deposit in the London Mayoral elections after failing to attract enough votes. (Getty Images)

He was invited to join GB News presenter in October 2022.

A member of the Fox acting dynasty – his father is James Fox, his uncle is Edward Fox and his cousins are Freddie and Emilia Fox.

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He was married to actor and pop singer Billie Piper from 2007 to 2016 and they share two sons Winston, 14, and Eugene, 10.

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