Susanna Reid had to share a warning over her latest interview (Picture: ITV)
In the video, the 53-year-old can be seen seriously questioning an ‘MP’ over the treatment of the sub Postmasters in the wake of the Mr Bates vs the Post Office success.
Susanna grills her guest and asked: ‘How come the government didn’t notice you were asleep on duty, weren’t you?’
‘Well no Susanna, I don’t think that’s fair,’ comes the MP’s response before launching into her excuses about the fact that before now there hasn’t been a Toby Jones drama about it.
‘Always double check who Rosie Holt is before you reply!’ Susanna wrote as she shared the clip on X.
Rosie Holt had been the original poster of the interview with the caption: ‘MP blames Toby Jones & ITV for not making #PostOfficeScandal drama sooner.’
Turns out Rosie is a comedian and actor who often makes sketches, including this video of Susanna.
In the comedy clip, Rosie replied: ‘I mean you have to understand, that before this week. Not one drama starring Toby Jones had been made on the subject. Not one.
Rosie Holt’s interview sparked outrage online (Picture: @RosieisaHolt/ITV)
‘That to me shows a lack of duty of care. Toby Jones is a very fine actor but what was he doing? I understand the Detectorists was very good but who was that helping?
‘What I want to know is why it took so long for ITV to make this drama. There’s been many miscarriages of justice.’
She went on to reference tweets about Afghanistan directed at the government and declared: ‘The government can’t do anything … everything.’
‘We can watch dramas, and we will watch dramas – especially if they’re starring Toby Jones,’ concluded Rosie’s fake MP.
She said the Post Office scandal was Toby Jones’ responsibility (Picture: @RosieisaHolt/ITV)
In the response to Susanna’s tweet Rosie teased that she was ‘a hard working and well respected MP.’
Carol Vorderman was also in on the joke and tweeted: ‘It’s a very funny sketch 😂.’
Unfortunately there was a slew of replies calling Rosie a ‘pathetic excuse for a minister’ for her ‘very embarrassing and nonsensical interview.’
‘You really couldn’t make this up , blaming Toby Jones !!!! You’ve totally misjudged the public’s feelings about all of this. There are a lot of people to blame ,but actors are definitely not!,’ said a furious Louise Smith.
The whole clip was a parody which people totally missed (Picture: ITV)
One helpful commenter, Neil McIntosh, tweeted: ‘You know this is a parody right?’ to which Rosie feigned innocence.
Community notes – which offer facts in response to a tweet – were even added to the post to try and stop the confusion over the satirical sketch.
The public inquiry into the controversy is currently still ongoing, with the Metropolitan Police recently confirming that the Post Office is under criminal investigation following the release of the ITV drama.
Scotland Yard said that officers were ‘investigating potential fraud offences arising out of these prosecutions’, for example, ‘monies recovered from sub-postmasters as a result of prosecutions or civil actions’.
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