“Three questions for your schools minister. What is eight times nine?” the presenter quizzed.
Clearly feeling uncomfortable, Nick refused to answer the mental arithmetic question: “I’m not going to get into this live.
“I have learned through bitter experience not to answer these kind of questions.”
“Eight times nine is a times table. I’m not asking you to change the world,” the ITV host snapped back.
Jeremy’s co-host Kate Garraway jumped in to ask why he refused to answer the question on live television despite insisting eight and nine-year-old’s should be tested in school.
“Hang on though, because that’s an interesting point,” the 50-year-old began. “You don’t want to get into it because you’re worried you might get it wrong.
“I made a fool of myself getting loads wrong and yet look at you, a very successful person who can clearly add up and do maths.
“Why is it important for an eight-year-old to do it when you clearly feel vulnerable about it and you’re a government minister.”
Nick snapped back: “Well, no eight-year-old or nine-year-old would be doing it on live television and the results of the check won’t affect those children.”
“And might I add, that while no doubt this will go down like a lead balloon, perhaps more politicians would be successful if they connected with the people who elected them,” Jeremy quipped.
“What is eight times nine Nick? Come on it’s not difficult.”
Nick once again refused to answer the question, commenting: “I do know the answer to this question but I’m not going to do so on live television. This is an important, serious reform.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.