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ITV Poll: 90% say Michael McIntyre was right to walk off stage after heckle

More than 2,000 people responded to ITV News' online poll asking whether the comedian Michael McIntyre was right to walk off stage in Darlington when his show was interrupted by a member of the audience.

  • 90% said was right to walk off
  • 10% said he was wrong to walk off

The results were almost the same across age groups.

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ITV News poll: Was Michael McIntyre right?

Michael McIntyre Credit: PA

Comedian Michael McIntyre walked off stage and asked security to 'sort out' a woman in the audience who was being disruptive and making phone calls.

ITV have been keeping you up to date on reaction to the incident which happened on Monday night at Darlington Civic Theatre.

Fellow comic Jason Manford has joined the debate and said Michael was '100% in the right' but we want to know what do you think?

Take part in our poll below, and then share it with friends.

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Jason Manford says Michael McIntyre will have been thinking of paying customers, not himself

Jason Manford Credit: PA
Jason Manford's Facebook post Credit: Facebook

Jason Manford posted on Facebook earlier today: "Obviously most of (us) can't know what the exact circumstances were as we wasn't there, but I guess the fact that so many people who were there were apologetic to Michael on Twitter might show us that it was becoming so ridiculous that it was his only option.

"I mean somebody actually on their phone on the front row, was she making a call? Texting? Probably putting on Facebook that she was having a great time.

"What I suspect happened is that he dealt with her a number of times in a humorous way but then after 4 or 5 attempts to quieten her down he had no option but for security to step in. The fact that the audience were chanting for her to stop also tells me that she was the one being unreasonable.

"The problem is it's not that he couldn't handle a bothersome heckler (I've gigged with Michael at some of the toughest clubs in the country and he was always brilliant), I suspect he was thinking about the other people in the room who had also paid good money to see and listen to him and who were starting to get annoyed by this woman.

"It is always a comedians last option to get security but knowing Michael I reckon he realised she was going to ruin the show unless the theatre asked her to leave and that really isn't fair on Michael or the rest of the audience who had come to hear one of our best comedians not some drunk woman on the front row on her phone!"

Jason Manford backs Michael McIntyre saying he was '100% in the right' to leave stage

Jason Manford Credit: PA
Jason Manford backs Michael McIntyre on Facebook Credit: Jason Manford Facebook

Comedian Jason Manford has taken to Facebook in support of Michael McIntyre who walked off stage during a row with an audience member in Darlington.

Michael McIntyre was playing at the Darlington Civic Theatre on Monday 13 October when a woman in the audience was being disruptive and talking on her phone.

The woman is reported to have been 'rude' towards Michael and was constantly chatting on her phone.

The entertainer eventually asked security to 'sort her out' and she was escorted from the theatre to chants of 'out! out! out!'.


Two girls knocked over by car on school-run in 'serious' but 'stable' condition

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The school children, who are both aged 11, headed across the A693 Chester Road near to the Jet garage in Stanley.

A red Hyundai i20, travelling in the direction of Chester-le-Street, collided with them, causing serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The girls both attend the nearby North Durham Academy and live in South Stanley.

They were taken to the RVI in Newcastle where it was confirmed one of the girls had suffered a broken hip and head injuries, while the other had suffered a broken leg.

The driver, a local woman aged 61 was unhurt and the road was closed to traffic for around an hour.

PC Peter Taylor said: “It’s thought the incident happened as the girls were crossing the road to buy items from the shop at the garage.

"We are grateful for the help given by staff from the academy, Stanley bus depot and the garage who cordoned off the scene very quickly and gave basic first aid before the emergency services arrived."

Your reaction to Michael McIntyre 'storming' off stage

Michael McIntyre Credit: PA

Michael McIntyre storms off stage in Darlington

An angry Michael McIntyre stormed off stage during a sell out performance because a member of the audience would not stop using her mobile phone.

McIntyre demanded that security remove a woman using her phone. Credit: Empics

The comedian had been performing at Darlington's Civic Theatre when he spotted the woman in the front row and asked security to intervene.

He told a guard: "Sort it out. I'll be back." The star then walked off while theatre staff spoke to her and some members of the audience chanted for her removal.

McIntyre returned to complete his set a few minutes later last night (October 13).

I was quite shocked when I found he was coming here.

It's great because he's such a big star coming to such a small town.

– Theatre-goer Rachel McGargle

Over the weekend it emerged that McIntyre only discovered his dad had killed himself 17 years after he died.

He had originally been told his father, comic Ray Cameron, had died of a heart attack.

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