Dermot O’Leary was left feeling a little emotional after chatting to his parents on Friday’s This Morning.
The TV star, 47, spoke to Seán and Maria, who videoed in from their home in Wexford in Ireland, and could not stop smiling as they told his cheeky childhood stories.
However Dermot left some viewers baffled as he kept referring to his entertaining mum and dad as ‘lads’ in the heartwarming family segment.
Call from home: Dermot O’Leary was left feeling a little emotional after chatting to his parents on Friday’s This Morning, while viewers were baffled at him cheekily calling them ‘lads’
During their chat, Alison asked Maria what Dermot was like as a child after the star introduced his parents as ‘lads’.
Maria gushed: ‘He was very loving and mischievous. He loved to entertain and would always get up and sing an Irish song when we were with friends.
‘He was also a big fan of Brendan Shine. When he was seven we took him to watch Brendan and just as he came on stage Dermot found two hard seats and slept through the whole performance!’
Dermot laughed at the cheeky story, with Alison adding that he still sleeps through things as she said: ‘He does that now and we wake him up in the TV breaks!’
Proud parents: Seán and Maria videoed in from their home in Wexford in Ireland and could not stop smiling as they told stories about Dermot’s childhood
Elsewhere, Dermot explained he was once asked to appear on Who Do You Think You Are but didn’t make the show in the end as his family history wasn’t that interesting.
Not impressed by this outcome, he said his parents had been looking into their past with Sean saying on the show the family had a very colourful history.
Dermot’s dad – who had a very strong Irish accent- claimed the O’Leary’s were actually related to kings of Ireland and even linked to murders by the mafia in the US.
Co-host Alison Hammond was rather taken with this idea and joked that perhaps the show decided to go with someone else who had a similar story.
Dermot then ended the sweet segment by telling his parents to stay safe and to get the vaccine in Ireland as soon as they can.
Sweet: Dermot then ended the endearing segment by telling his parents to stay safe and to get the vaccine in Ireland as soon as they can
Reaction: Viewers flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts, with many being baffled at Dermot calling his mum and dad ‘lads’
He also joked that this call was the first time he’d seen his parents in clothes for a while as he usually video calls them early in the morning with his baby Kasper.
After waving goodbye to them, Dermot turned to his co-host and said: ‘How am I supposed to do the menu now?’
Alison sweetly replied: ‘Don’t get emotional. Do you want me to start it?’
After the O’Leary’s appearance several fans took to Twitter to share their delight in the appearance and question why Dermot was calling them ‘lads’.
One person wrote: ‘Apparently Dermot calling his parents ‘lads’ is an Irish thing’.
Show: Producers for the popular series spent months researching the TV presenter’s family but weren’t impressed with what they found (pictured with wife Dee Koppang O’Leary)
While another penned: ‘Dermot’s parents are so sweet!’
Dermot revealed his family history was deemed too uninteresting for Who Do You Think You Are? earlier this week.
Producers for the popular series spent months researching the TV presenter’s family with the hopes he could take part in an episode but weren’t impressed with what they found.
Speaking on the Snot, Sweat & Tears motherhood podcast, Dermot said: ‘They actually researched my family for about three months. They came back and said, “There’s just not enough interesting stuff about your family”.
‘Wexford is a port town, and my family are all seafaring folk. I have it on good authority that two of them went to America.
‘One of them was a police officer and the other was a judge and they both got killed by the Mafia in the 30s. They couldn’t find any record of this. I was like, ‘What are you on about?’ We’ve been everywhere, we’re a family of sailors.’
‘I just don’t think they were trying hard enough. It’s awful isn’t it? Absolutely awful.’
Dermot married his wife Dee Koppang in 2012 after ten years together at St Mary’s Church in Chiddingstone, Kent.
The couple had first met in 2002 when they worked for the same TV production company and got engaged in New York in December 2011.
They welcomed their son Kasper in June, confirming the birth with a sweet snap shared to Instagram of a babygrow and toy rabbit that had been brought for the tot.
Baby news: Dermot and Dee welcomed their son Kasper in June, confirming the birth with a sweet snap shared to Instagram of a babygrow and toy rabbit that had been brought for the tot