Lancashire nose man ‘too scary for telly’

Lancashire nose man ‘too scary for telly’

DELAYED Bert Eastham without his prosthetic nose

DELAYED Bert Eastham wearing his prosthetic nose

DELAYED Bert using his nose as a fridge magnet – ‘so he doesn’t lose it’

DELAYED Phillip Schofield

First published in News Blackpool Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

A GRANDAD whose nose was removed after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer has been told he cannot appear on a chat show until September in case he scares children.

Bert Eastham, of Chorley, has a prosthetic nose after undergoing surgery and was hoping to tell his story on the ITV1’s This Morning.

But family members, who took to a social networking site to voice their views, said Bert’s story was being pushed back so that children on their school holidays would not be frightened.

The row sparked a Twitter response from the programme’s host Phillip Schofield, who said this was not the first time something like this had happened. Bert’s daughter-in-law Michelle, who lives in Bannerman Terrace, wrote to the show on Facebook .

She said: “After a hard three years of avoiding people and hiding behind closed doors, he now has a prosthetic nose and has undergone several operations which has given him confidence to be able share his story to support others.

“Children should have the opportunity to see and hear real life stories as it gives them a better understanding of facial disfigurements and disabilities.

“He has shown great strength and courage throughout the last three years and the producers’ decision to me is as bad as the cruel jibes and proves the ignorance of this world.”

The comment has received more than 103,000 likes since it was posted on Sunday evening.

Presenter Phillip Schofield was made aware of the story on Twitter and wrote: “Not the first time the This Morning lawyers have taken that position. “I tried and failed to overturn their decision last time.”

A spokesman for This Morning said: “Bert Eastman’s appearance on This Morning was never cancelled. It was, and remains, a story we welcome on the show.

“We have been in touch with Bert who is looking forward to being on the sofa when our new series returns next month.”

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1:38pm Thu 30 Aug 12

Mikeee47 says...

Yet they put Susan Boyle on at all times now she is scary!!
Yet they put Susan Boyle on at all times now she is scary!! Mikeee47
  • Score: 7

2:39pm Thu 30 Aug 12

happycyclist says...

And the paralympics won't scare the children...?
And the paralympics won't scare the children...? happycyclist
  • Score: -5

2:59pm Thu 30 Aug 12

frank says...

kids see far worse on the internet, it's not his fault he has this disfigurement.
it would do kids good to realise that not everyone is airbrushed to perfection.
kids see far worse on the internet, it's not his fault he has this disfigurement. it would do kids good to realise that not everyone is airbrushed to perfection. frank
  • Score: 15

4:54pm Thu 30 Aug 12

ToffeeGuy says...

This is snout of order!
This is snout of order! ToffeeGuy
  • Score: -5

4:55pm Thu 30 Aug 12

sonny says...

i imagine the only reason he wants on tv is for the money and attention, i dont see what story he has to tell, hes hardly the 1st person to have somthing removed because of cancer.
i imagine the only reason he wants on tv is for the money and attention, i dont see what story he has to tell, hes hardly the 1st person to have somthing removed because of cancer. sonny
  • Score: -11

6:48pm Thu 30 Aug 12

golazzo says...

So what about the young girl that presents Cbeebies who has a partial amputee arm

What's the difference
So what about the young girl that presents Cbeebies who has a partial amputee arm What's the difference golazzo
  • Score: 3

6:49pm Thu 30 Aug 12

BritainfortheBritish says...

Lets be honest. It snot a pretty sight .
Lets be honest. It snot a pretty sight . BritainfortheBritish
  • Score: -10

7:07pm Thu 30 Aug 12

charmed-one says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
ToffeeGuy wrote:
This is snout of order!
Do you think this has a nasty smell about it? Who nose?
I'm disgusted that people are making fun of Mr Eastham's story with such juvenile remarks. Imagine the courage it took to be photographed without his prosthetic and to be willing to go on national tv to show people that not everyone looks like these vain 'celebrities' who are in fact, airbrushed in photographs and have a team of stylists on hand everytime they feel the need to step out their mansions. Children need to be brought up to see people who are 'different' than the norm and to realise that they are actually our equals. Let's hope the Paralympics goes a long way in showing that any kind of disfigurement doesn't make you any less of a person. I wish you well, Mr Eastham.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToffeeGuy[/bold] wrote: This is snout of order![/p][/quote]Do you think this has a nasty smell about it? Who nose?[/p][/quote]I'm disgusted that people are making fun of Mr Eastham's story with such juvenile remarks. Imagine the courage it took to be photographed without his prosthetic and to be willing to go on national tv to show people that not everyone looks like these vain 'celebrities' who are in fact, airbrushed in photographs and have a team of stylists on hand everytime they feel the need to step out their mansions. Children need to be brought up to see people who are 'different' than the norm and to realise that they are actually our equals. Let's hope the Paralympics goes a long way in showing that any kind of disfigurement doesn't make you any less of a person. I wish you well, Mr Eastham. charmed-one
  • Score: 9

11:03pm Thu 30 Aug 12

wrigglers says...

golazzo wrote:
So what about the young girl that presents Cbeebies who has a partial amputee arm

What's the difference
There was uproar about her when she first presented on cbeebies. Parents rang/wrote in demanding she was taken off air as she was upsetting kids. Its a poor world we live in when instead of explaining a disability people demand it be hidden
[quote][p][bold]golazzo[/bold] wrote: So what about the young girl that presents Cbeebies who has a partial amputee arm What's the difference[/p][/quote]There was uproar about her when she first presented on cbeebies. Parents rang/wrote in demanding she was taken off air as she was upsetting kids. Its a poor world we live in when instead of explaining a disability people demand it be hidden wrigglers
  • Score: 2

10:18am Fri 31 Aug 12

Fire Fly says...

The lack of tolerance about a whole range of issues is whats preventing us being a civilised society.

What better timing, with the paralympics in full swing, to really help children (and people in general) understand that disability comes in many different forms & that illness can very often cause disability but life can clearly go on. Shame on you ITV!!

As for the 'jokes' on here, you should be disgusted...but perhaps I should be more tolerant because you're clearly disabled in the brains department!
The lack of tolerance about a whole range of issues is whats preventing us being a civilised society. What better timing, with the paralympics in full swing, to really help children (and people in general) understand that disability comes in many different forms & that illness can very often cause disability but life can clearly go on. Shame on you ITV!! As for the 'jokes' on here, you should be disgusted...but perhaps I should be more tolerant because you're clearly disabled in the brains department! Fire Fly
  • Score: 1

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