Therese Coffey dramatically terminated an interview with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain today after a brutal row over the UK's coronavirus death rates.
The Cabinet minister switched off the camera on her computer saying she was late for other broadcasters after clashing with the presenter over the country's grim mortality figures.
During the exchanges by video link, Ms Coffey suggested that Britain's ageing population and the level of obesity were some of the factors behind the high death numbers from the disease.
But when Morgan said she seemed to be blaming the problems on people being too fat and too old, a clearly angry Ms Coffey shot back: 'I think that's a very insulting thing that you just said...
'I'm conscious that there's a variety of factors leading to people being ill... Our own PM was in hospital in intensive care.'
Therese Coffey was seen reaching over to switch off her connection, saying: 'Piers, I'm sorry I'm going to have to go.'
As tensions rose, Ms Coffey snapped that they had started the interview late, and she had other interviews to do.
She then was seen reaching over to switch off her connection, saying: 'Piers, I'm sorry I'm going to have to go.'
She added: 'You've already had 20 minutes of my time, I appreciate your time as well.'
Ministers have been struggling to explain why the UK looks to have among the worst death figures internationally.
Some have argued that the figures are not direct comparable between countries - while others have suggested it is down to demographics.
During the interview with Morgan, Ms Coffey said: 'I'm conscious that there are a variety of factors that would have sadly led to being ill during this time, sadly that translating into deaths.
'I'm very conscious that this is a very serious impact that our prime minister was in hospital, in intensive care himself last April.'
But the clashes turned even more bitter as Ms Coffey complained that the interview had started late and was now making her late for other appointments.
With the row still going on, she eventually reached over and disconnected the video link - sparking more exasperation from Morgan.