Good Morning Britain star Dr Hilary Jones has revealed he has received "vile" abuse from trolls after being made an MBE.
This week, Dr Hilary Jones, who has headed up the show's Covid-19 news since the start of the pandemic, was awarded national honours in The Queen's Birthday Honours list for 2020.
He told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on today's show how he was "thrilled and humbled" to be given the accolade.
But the doctor said some thought he didn't deserve the award because they didn't agree with his medical reporting on coronavirus.
Hilary said: "People that disagree with my opinions over the pandemic have been quite vile with their messaging.
"We all know that people remember the one message that is horrible, that’s the one you look at."
Commenting on the news Hilary had been given an MBE, one Twitter user wrote: "Why has Dr Hilary Jones been awarded the MBE?, he is on a tv programme getting paid for his opinion. What a joke."
"Dr Hilary Jones an MBE what an utter farce!!! Definitely lowering the accolade of being an MBE," another said.
A third asked: "What’s DrHilary got an MBE for? Going 6 months without a day offf [sic]."
Horrified by the vile abuse he had received, his Good Morning Britain co-stars came to his defence.
Susanna wrote: "I’m sorry about that. What is wrong with people?"
While Piers said: "There’s a lot of morons out there."
Speaking of his MBE, the TV doctor told how he felt there were others who should have been given the award ahead of him.
He said: "I was thrilled, obviously, and humbled as well. Certainly the last year, I’m aware that so many more people are deserving, more deserving than me."
Dr Hilary has headed up Good Morning Britain's coverage of Covid-19 news since the start of the pandemic.
He has often been praised for being a calm voice of reason amongst all the confusion as the UK went into lockdown.
Meanwhile, England football star Marcus Rashford has been awarded an MBE.
The 22-year-old has received the award for his efforts to ensure free school meals were continued over the summer holidays for the UK's poorest families.
Online fitness coach Joe Wicks has also been awarded an MBE for his online classes workout classes during the lockdown.
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