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Worst gaffe yet! This Morning plays All About That Bass over Stephen Hawking tribute

Science legend Professor Stephen Hawking passed away in the early hours on Wednesday, age 76.

This Morning decided to pay an emotional tribute to the Brit physicist at the end of today’s show with a series of pictures of his life.

But the remembrance reel was ruined when Meghan Trainor’s hit ‘All About That Bass’ blared out for three seconds.

The music was quickly halted and the footage fell silent while the error was rectified.

Moments later, the This Morning outro was swapped in and the show was taken off air.

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HEARTBREAKING: Stephen Hawking passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning
But that didn’t stop viewers from slamming the blunder on Twitter.

One person blasted: “All About The Bass over Steven Hawking tribute, shambles stuff.”

“What the hell was This Morning thinking playing All About That Bass as a tribute to Stephen Hawking? Technical fault or not, it’s totally inappropriate. Shocking tbh,” continued another.

A third ranted: “Shame on This Morning for that rushed together so called tribute to Stephen Hawking.

“Should have been the first thing mentioned on the show. Sad thing is they’d probably devote the whole show if someone from a trashy reality show had died. Really disappointing.”

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AWKWARD: Holly and Phil paid tribute before a reel of pictures played
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WHOOPS: Meghan Trainor’s song All About The Bass blared out over Stephen Hawking’s tribute

“Technical fault or not, it’s totally inappropriate”

Twitter

Before today’s episode of This Morning aired, the daytime show tweeted about Stephen Hawking’s death.

“The incredible and groundbreaking Professor Stephen Hawking has sadly died at the age of 76. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this difficult time.”

Stephen’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim paid tribute to him after announcing his death.

Releasing a statement, Stephen’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim paid tribute to him after announcing his death.

They said: “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.

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SCIENCE LEGEND: Stephen died at his Cambridgeshire home
“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.”

Professor Brain Cox paid his respects to Stephen Hawking on Twitter.

The 50-year-old physicist wrote to his 2.86 million followers: “Sad to hear about Stephen Hawking. What a remarkable life.

“His contributions to science will be used as long as there are scientists, and there are many more scientists because of him.

“He spoke about the value and fragility of human life and civilisation and greatly enhanced both.”

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