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Holly and Phillip interviewing a man with his sex robot on This Morning is prime awkward telly

So many surreal moments.

ITV’S THIS MORNING has a long and proud history of bringing on really *interesting* guests for Holly and Phillip to chat to.

But a segment on yesterday’s show probably topped them all for sheer weirdness.

A man named Arran Lee Wright was on the couch with his sex robot Samantha – and the six minutes of telly won’t be topped on the awkwardness scale for quite some time

Source: This Morning/YouTube

It began with Phillip clarifying that “we’ve turned her off, so that she doesn’t come out with anything inappropriate”

samantha Source: ITV

Holly just about got a question out:

“Why, why… why… why… is this necessary?”

2sam Source: ITV

People started watching from behind the sofa when some of Samantha’s audio “lines” were played out in the studio

3sam Source: ITV

They included:

I love you too
Do you think we could get more sensual?
I can take many times much more love just because you can give it

There were many, many awkward stares to the camera from Holly and Phillip throughout

4sam Source: ITV

Then Phillip got down to what he really thought with this question:

“It’s a bit like making love to a car GPS, isn’t it?”

5sam Source: ITV

Arran then asked the presenters “Wouldn’t you agree that she’s beautiful?”

6sam Source: ITV

Two answers came back:

No… no

There were so many shots throughout of just Samantha’s dead eyes staring straight ahead

7sam Source: ITV

She has “special skin” that is designed to feel like human skin, too – but then it was explained that the skin is left cold even though it can be “heated up”.

The facial expressions throughout were pained

8sam Source: ITV

It was then revealed that Arran has two kids and that Samantha has a family mode – which means “she can talk about animals, she can talk about philosophy, she can talk about science”

9sam Source: ITV

*all the awkward silences*

If second-hand embarrassment/cringe comedy is your thing – this is the interview for you

This is only going to end one way

It sparked a real debate about the ethics of such new technology, especially in a family environment

sam2 Source: @HeatherrLou

Daytime TV at its most surreal

7sam Source: ITV

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