Fans of This Morning had a treat on today's show (Tuesday, April 16) as they couldn't get enough of Ian McKellan's reactions to a cute dog he was sat with whilst being interviewed.

The acting legend, 84, was chatting with Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley about his latest stage production, The Player Kings.

Whilst on the sofa he was sat with Buddy the Dog, who had been introduced at the start of the show and is being trained to work with children with autism.

After a brief start to the interview, he joked to the presenters "I can't be bothered talking to you" due to Buddy cuddling up to him.

Afterwards, he said: "I've often lived with dogs but I live on my own [now] so I can't have a dog really."

Later on in the interview, he got distracted again, saying: "Oh baby boy, do you want to come and be in the play with me?"

This Morning fans love Ian McKellen's reaction to Buddy the Dog

Many fans of This Morning were loving McKellen's reactions to Buddy the dog being cute, with one account on X (formerly known as Twitter) posting: "Loving @IanMcKellen being distracted by a puppy on @thismorning #ThisMorning".

Another wrote: "Sir Ian & Buddy to host #thismorning. Who's with us?"

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Meanwhile, another commented: "Looks like you should never work with animals, children or Sir Ian McKellen".

Many found this segment to be their favourite of the day's episode, with one person writing: "Sir Ian & of course Buddy the Dog are too good for #ThisMorning".

Another said: "#IanMckellen being distracted by the gorgeous puppy. Priceless. Love it! Can't be bothered to talk to the presenters!"

This Morning is available to watch on ITV1 and ITVX weekdays from 10am.