Lorraine on being told to 'not return to TV' after giving birth
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Phillip Schofield, 59, and Holly Willoughby, 40, were joined on Thursday’s edition of This Morning by the ITV chat show host and her daughter Rosie Kelly Smith, 26, to talk about their new podcast. In a rare interview with their colleague, the presenters decided to dig a little deeper into Lorraine’s, 61, career and some of the memories she has of starting off in the industry. One moment that sticks in her mind more than most is the day she was rejected by a boss at BBC Scotland.
The discussion arose as Lorraine spoke about taking time out of her roles on television when daughter Rosie was born.
“I was told at the time by GMTV not to come back,” Lorraine explained to her interviewers as a video played of her speaking with Dr Hilary, 67, about baby Rosie.
She continued: “That was a real sliding door moment because what happened was I ended up getting my own show because of that.
“There was a mother and baby company that wanted us to do specials on GMTV which I did,” she added before Phillip grilled her a bit more.
“You were told, thought, ‘Oh you’re never going to make it on TV’,” he said, with the television stalwart in agreement.
Lorraine recalled the moment she was rejected by the BBC boss, explaining: “That was the head of BBC Scotland at the time.
“I thought he was bringing me into his office to give me the job of a reporter and he just said, ‘You’ll never make it in television because of your accent.’
“’You’ll have to go for elocution lessons’. But that was ages ago. That was in 1984,” she affirmed but Phillip had something to tell her.
“We just heard something here that the same man told Martin Frizell, our editor, that he would never make it either,” the presenter declared.
What rubbish advice
“What rubbish advice! He knew nothing,” Phillip shouted down the camera as he fiercely defended his colleague and blasted the BBC boss.
The television stalwart has spoken about her career with the British Broadcasting company after serving as the face of ITV for three decades.
Lorraine said: “I mean, there are days that I go into work and I don’t feel 100 percent but I’m not going to sit there and go ‘poor me, poor me’.
“I’ve got the best job in the world, but, like every single human being on earth, you don’t feel great all the time.”
“But, you go in, and it doesn’t matter what job you do, driving a bus or whatever it is, we’ve all got that kind of persona,” she continued.
“You go home to your loved one and you go, ‘Oh God I’ve had a terrible day!’ But you don’t do that while you’re in your work, you’re professional and you have to be.”
Phillip defending Lorraine is no surprise as the pair have a long history of working together and being good friends.
When the This Morning star came out as gay last year, his colleague supported him and she was the one who interviewed him when he published a book about his journey.
The television stalwart spoke about how she felt when Phillip was keeping the news to himself, expressing her concern for her friend.
Lorraine said: “I remember seeing you before Christmas  and I was shocked when I saw you.
“You were tiny. You’d lost so much weight and you didn’t look like yourself. The sparkle was away and it was a hard time.”
Phillip replied: “It was the toughest time. When you’re going through something like that and you’re trying to pick your way through, it’s not in my nature to hurt people.
“I was trying to find my way through it. I couldn’t eat and I couldn’t sleep.”
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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