‘That’s affected me’: Judge Robert Rinder gets tearful over anti-loneliness video on Good Morning Britain
He’s known for his steely Judge Ringer persona.
But Robert Rinda showed his softer side on Wednesday morning’s episode of Good Morning Britain when he broke down in tears at an emotional video.
Part of the programme’s anti-loneliness campaign, the host was watching Colin Salmon’s short film about an elderly man called Bob who is alone during the festive season when he shed a compassionate tear.
‘That’s affected me’: Robert Rinda showed his softer side on Wednesday morning’s episode of Good Morning Britain when he broke down in tears at their anti-loneliness campaign video
For the past six years, Good Morning Britain have partnered with charities including Alzheimer’s Society, Grief Encounter and Crisis, Re-Engage in a bid to help combat isolation at Christmas time.
Introducing the moving short film, Susanna Reid told viewers: ‘Every December, we run a very special campaign where we don’t ask you to donate money, we ask you to pledge a little bit of your time to charities fighting to end loneliness.’
Robert then added: ‘I really love this, it’s called 1 Million Minutes and last year you gave an unbelievable 87 million minutes of your volunteering time, changing the lives of lonely people around our country.’
The moving film sees Bob visit his allotment shed and spend his time alone playing music as he sadly looks over drawings from his children and collections of family photos.
Emotional: The host was watching Colin Salmon’s short film about an elderly man called Bob feeling lonely during the festive period when he shed a compassionate tear
But the other children and adults around the allotment notice Bob is alone and sweetly surprise him with a cup of tea and a hug.
A message across the screen then reads: ‘A simple act of kindness can change someone’s life,’ as it encourages viewers to reach out to those around them.
The emotional film got Robert teary-eyed, as Susanna looked at him and observed: ‘You’re broken.’
Reaction: The emotional film got Robert teary-eyed, as Susanna looked at him and observed: ‘You’re broken’
Robert explained: ‘Just watching that and how much that’s affected me and should affect every viewer is just…
‘A quarter of a million minutes has already been pledged since we’ve been sitting here.
‘Just being alongside each other now more than ever and also how important being beside each other at Christmas as well.’
‘Being alongside each other more than ever’: Robert gushed of the power of the film and praised the public for pledging a million minutes as part of their campaign
The emotional display comes after Robert paid tribute to his late grandmother last month.
A conversation on Loose Women took a heartfelt turn when he was asked who has been there to ‘big him up.’
He said: ‘Strong amazing women like my mum. She did the fundamental thing, she said she wanted me to be happy and she meant it.
‘I had unconditional love in absolute bucketfuls and belief. Women who were proud of my achievements but above all thought that it mattered most that I was was kind – and they taught me how to hear and to listen,’ he replied.
‘To think she’s not with us leaves us empty’:The emotional display comes after Robert paid tribute to his late grandmother last month
Continuing on a poignant note, Robert said: ‘The centre of that was my grandma who died at the weekend. She was 97. So she was the kind of spiritual and emotional epicentre of our family.’
Lottie lived through The Second World War, an experience which her grandson said ‘very few of us’ have the capacity to understand.
‘She went through a trauma that only a few of us have the capacity to understand but she didn’t have a day of bitterness or unkindness. She just wanted us to be happy.
‘To think she’s not with us leaves us empty but to have had her fills us with joy,’ he reflected.
Tribute: Lottie lived through The Second World War, an experience which her grandson said ‘very few of us’ have the capacity to understand