HOLLY Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in hysterics as the talk with This Morning guest who brought a clown to his redundancy meeting.
The presenters couldn’t hold back the giggles as they interviewed Josh Thompson, from New Zealand, who openly spoke about the dismissal, which saw him fork out $200 for the clown, named Joe, to soften the blow when bosses at Auckland firm FCB handed over the redundancy paperwork.
Speaking on the programme, the advertising exec said: “I thought best to prepare for the worst. I didn’t get the best vibe, it was a pretty serious tone.
“I thought the news was going to be quite bad, and I thought if it’s going to be bad news best to get a professional in.
“I would usually go with friends or family, but my mum can’t even juggle so I thought it best to get in Joe to keep my spirits high. ”
But Phil, 57, couldn’t keep a straight faced and covered his face with his hands in a bid to compose himself.
Asked how his colleagues reacted to Joe, Josh – who was accompanied by the comedic figure on the ITV day time show – continued: “I think they were a little taken aback at first.
“When Joe whipped out the balloons and started doing his thing, there were smiles all round. He is very good at what he does. He was $200 and they got him for free.”
“Balloon animals are very noisy. I didn’t think about it at the time.”
Joe went on to make a dog out of balloons, before he plucked out a ready made unicorn from his hat.
Phil and Holly, 38, continued to get the giggles as they were distracted by the noise and Joe showing off his talents.
The pair rolled up in hysterics once more as Joe showed off his botched haircut.
He interrupted: “This has happened at the worst time. I just got a glimpse of that hair cut, it’s the worst one I’ve ever gotten.
“It’s the official haircut of the jobless”, which left the presenting duo beaming.
Later in the segment Joe pulled out a framed photo of Phil, much to his surprise.
He said: “I started my career in New Zealand. I must have left it there”, before Josh – who is also a stand up comedian – questioned if Phil had reciprocated the gesture.
The witty worker has now landed a new job at rival firm DDB – when he returns from a trip to his home country.
He said: “I do have another job, I start on Monday.”
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