Holly Willoughby has paid tribute to a Dundee boy who she shared a heartfelt hug with on This Morning yesterday.
He produced the video with the help of his mum Charlene Anderson, 30.
Michael, 10, was shown on TV yesterday receiving a goodie bag containing the mug as well as pictures and cue cards signed by Willoughby and fellow presenter Phillip Schofield, and a rare plastic branded backing for his computer tablet.
Schofield told him: “You can put that on your tablet. No one else in the world has one of those, other than us two.
“Well, actually just you and Holly now!”
10-year-old Michael Glaister, who was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, caught our attention after sending a video message to see if he could get his hands on Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby's branded mugs. But we couldn't let the surprises stop there…
Posted by This Morning on Tuesday, 16 October 2018
In an emotional scene, Willoughby told Michael: “You are so lovely. So, so nice to meet you,” before the Dundee lad gave them both an embrace.
The footage, seen by millions on live TV, has gone viral with more than a million views on Willoughby’s Instagram account and upwards of 1.2million on This Morning’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Linking to her Instagram post of the footage, Willoughby tweeted: “The best cuddle from one of my all time favourite guests… Micheal (sic).”
— Holly Willoughby (@hollywills) October 16, 2018
This sparked a heartfelt response from folk who saw the footage.
Darrell Roberts (@darrell210474) posted: “I have twin boys who are both autistic and 10, and I thought it was Absolutely Amazing what you and Phil done this morning.
“The joy in all your faces was wonderful. Micheal (sic) was so adorable, and the way you both cuddled him was like he was your own child.”
Lisa (@pinktishi) wrote: “I think I’ve watched the video about 4 times, and every time I’ve got emotional!
“What an absolute beautiful boy, and what a fantastic mother she is!
“My son has been diagnosed with autism and not quite talking yet he can communicate a little but not a lot he will get there.”