However, the moment proved rather awkward for viewers after it was overshadowed by a technical error.
As hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield wrapped up today’s episode, they mentioned the “world renowned” and “genuine genius” Hawking.
“He leaves behind a huge legacy, not just as a mathematician and astrophysicist, but also an inspiration to millions,” Phillip added.
However, as they cut to an image of Hawking, a few seconds of Meghan Trainor’s ‘All
This technical blip was not completely random, as the singer had just been previewed in the previous segment for an interview on This Morning tomorrow.
Nevertheless, viewers were quick to notice the error:
Digital Spy has reached out to This Morning for comment.
The news of Hawking’s death broke this morning, with his children confirming: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.
“His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”
Since then, a number of well-known people have paid tribute, including Eddie Redmayne, who played him in the biopic The Theory of Everything, as well as The Big Bang Theory, which the scientist cameoed on.
This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10.30am.