Ben Shephard left Susanna Reid – and viewers of Good Morning Britain – gobsmacked on Thursday morning when he performed a bizarre stunt with co-anchor Kate Garraway.
The TV presenter was trying to mock actress Kate Beckinsale who last week posted a video to social media of her having her leg stretched backwards by her personal trainer.
But Ben’s skit left Susanna in disbelief as he pushed a fake leg onto Kate while she leaned back in her chair.
Oh my! Ben Shephard left GMB viewers gobsmacked on Thursday morning when he performed a bizarre stunt with co-anchor Kate Garraway
As he pushed down on the leg on top of Kate, the morning anchor raised eyebrows in the studio and on Twitter.
‘Looks a bit rude from my angle but think they enjoyed the moment!’ one person remarked on the micro-blogging site.
‘OMG Ben looking like a naughty schoolboy after that,’ posted another.
‘Looks like Ben is stretching something else personally!’ someone else tweeted.
OMG! Susanna Reid was seen in hysterics about the skit
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Last week: The TV presenter was trying to mock actress Kate Beckinsale who posted a video to social media of her having her leg stretched backwards by her personal trainer
The skit was based around Kate [Beckinsale] who left her friends and fans in shock and awe after showcasing her impressive flexibility on Instagram in a video that saw some suggesting she has a fake leg.
In the video, Kate, 46, is seen lying down on her back on a massage table, while her trainer lifts her right leg up in the air, before bending it right over and up past her head, leaving many of her followers bemoaning the fact that they can’t even touch their own toes.
Legs eleven! As he pushed down on the leg on top of Kate, the morning anchor raised eyebrows in the studio and on Twitter
Dodgy: ‘Looks a bit rude from my angle but think they enjoyed the moment!’ one person remarked on the micro-blogging site
Laughing: Stretching after a workout can be painful at best, but the mom-of-one simply laughed while her leg reached the top of the physio bench behind her
Kate and her trainer Brad Siskind were heard joking around while he stretched her out in the now-viral clip, which has racked up more than 1.6 million views – and plenty of comments from shocked viewers.
Without so much as a grimace, Kate’s leg extended so far back that her toes reached the top of the bench she was resting on.
Brad also lifted her leg out towards the side, leaving her in a virtual half split as she continued to lie there with a smile on her face, looking totally unfazed.
At one stage, Kate even jokingly tried to tickle underneath her trainer’s armpit as he concentrated on the stretch.
Fitness queen: The actress is no stranger to a physical challenge as she is often posting insights into her impressive fitness regime
Tickle: Kate jokingly tickled her trainer Brad as he was reaching over to stretch her out
Viral: Over 1.6 million people have watched the video of bendy Kate, who was nicknamed ‘Gumby’ and ‘Stretch Armstrong’ by commentors
Perplexed commentors weighed in, unsure of whether the video was real or not.
Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn said, ‘Ok gummbie,’ referring to Gumby, a stretchy clay animated character from the 1950s.
Actress Selma Blair simply said, ‘Wowza’ while Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox commented, ‘Stretch!!!!’
‘I knew it was a fake leg this whole time! I finally have the evidence I need. You will be hearing from my lawyer very soon,’ comedian Moses Storm said sarcastically.
Los Angeles socialite and jewelry designer Markus Molinari also joked, ‘I’m not doing enough’ while British actress Patsy Palmer quipped, ‘That’s not a real leg!’
Impressed: High profile Instagram followers like actress Selma Blair and skier Lindsey Vonn weighed in on her skills in the comments
Other Instagram users chimed in, wondering, ‘Are people supposed to bend like that?’
‘Wow. Impressive but also a tad scary,’ said another.
One male user added that trainer Brad was a lucky man.
‘How does one obtain this job? Is there an application? Does he pay you? I have questions,’ the user commented.
While many people wondered whether it was a fake leg or if there was some CGI trickery in play in the video, it seems that Kate is just naturally incredibly flexible.
Despite not having a background as a dancer, having spent almost the better part of two decades training for her roles in action movies like Van Helsing and the Underworld franchise has kept her in fighting shape.
She’s been practicing: The actress might not have a background in gymnastics or dancing, but it looks like she’s spent years honing her flexibility skills as she’s routinely seen in the splits
Legs eleven: Kate jokingly shows off her flexible pins while being beautified
It runs in the family: Kate drops into a jazz split, left, while her daughter Lily holds a standing split
Signature pose: Kate, pictured in 2017, has been showcasing her flexibility skills for years on Instagram
Drop it like it’s squat: Kate, shard a tongue-in-cheek video of herself squatting in the gym, performing a series of squats over a toilet
Kate routinely posts photos of herself performing gymnastics-style moves like splits and high kicks to her 3.4 million followers on Instagram.
One snap shows her posing with her daughter Lily Sheen, 20, who has evidently inherited her mom’s flexibility skills.
The picture sees Kate in a jazz splits on the floor, while Lily holds a standing split against the wall of their Los Angeles home.
And while she loves to work out, sharing no shortage of insight into her grueling fitness routine on Instagram, Kate also shows the humorous side of it.
A video posted to her social media channel back in June showed her joking around at the gym, repping out a series of weighed squats as she hovered over a toilet.
She told followers that gym owner, Gunnar Peterson, had installed the loo to ensure people kept their form just right while performing overhead squats.