EXCLUSIVE ‘I want them to stop talking and just do it’: Trisha Goddard slams daytime TV for only employing black stars in ‘jokey’ roles amid reports This Morning want to hire a black host
Trisha Goddard has slammed daytime TV bosses for only employing black stars in ‘jokey’ roles amid claims This Morning want to hire a new black presenter.
The TV personality, 62, told MailOnline she wants ITV’s This Morning ‘to stop talking and just do it’ after criticising the channel for only having Alison Hammond, 45, and Andi Peters, 49, on Good Morning Britain in ‘jokey and competition’ positions.
In an exclusive interview, the TV personality says the Black Lives Matter movement will be ‘another nudge in the ribs’ for This Morning to recruit black presenters amid reports the show’s editor Martin Frizell is in search of a more diverse line-up.
‘Just do it’: Trisha Goddard has slammed daytime TV bosses for only employing black stars in ‘jokey’ roles amid claims This Morning want to hire a new black presenter
Trisha said: ‘I want them to stop talking about it and just do it. We don’t need to have a discussion about it, just do it.
‘They do have black people involved in This Morning and Good Morning Britain but having them as the weatherman or the jokey competition person as with Andi Peters and Alison Hammond, again it puts you in a position.
‘I know Martin Frizell and a lot of people who are in management and senior positions in TV who I’ve worked with from day one and Neil Thompson who’s the editor of Good Morning Britain, I know him very well and I worked with him in Norwich.
‘But it’s not just them, it’s a whole machinery, they don’t just get to choose who they want to choose without anything else.
‘It puts you in a position’: The former TV host has criticised shows like This Morning for having stars like Alison Hammond involved only as ‘the jokey competition person’
‘They may want this person or the next person but you’ve got to sell it to the “bean counters.”‘
This Morning, which is hosted by Holly Willoughby, 39, and Phillip Schofield, 58, and Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, both 60, on a Friday, has never had a black main presenter since it launched 32 years ago.
But Trisha, who’s best known for her self-titled talk show and last year competed on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, says she believes the daytime programme will make changes in light of recent events.
She added: ‘I think This Morning will and I think this will help them. This will add weight. I know it’s not something they would exclude purposely.
‘It’s a whole machinery’: Trisha also references Andi Peters, who hosts the competitions on Good Morning Britain, while saying that change on daytime TV has to come from the very top
‘This will add weight’: This Morning, hosted by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, has never had a black main presenter but Trisha believes the show will make changes
‘It might be another nudge in the ribs but you’ve got to have the top management willing to do these things. The producers don’t have 100 per cent autonomy at all.’
Trisha, who’s a guest on new POW TV series She Speaks, has spoken out this week about the way she was unfairly portrayed by comedian Leigh Francis on his Channel 4 show Bo’ Selecta!
The star said she hated Leigh’s ‘over the top’ depiction and ‘felt sick’ whenever their paths crossed after he wore black rubbery masks while pretending to be stars such as Craig David and Mel B.
Leigh, 47, known as Keith Lemon, apologised for his ‘offensive’ behaviour, which promoted a cruel backlash from his fans towards Trisha who accused her of “ruining his career.”
Apology: Trisha has received an onslaught of abuse from Leigh Francis fans after he publicly apologised for his depiction of her and other black stars on his Channel 4 show Bo’ Selecta!
A handful of trolls have even posed as breast cancer patients to get the attention of the TV host after she was diagnosed with the disease in 2008.
Trisha said: ‘I’ve just had to start blocking people. It’s exhausting.
‘I’m in my 60s and I’m one of those old-fashioned people on social media. In my generation if someone contacts you, you are polite enough to answer back.
‘But I’ve quickly discovered there are people using black profile pictures – or I’ve even had somebody say, “like you I’ve gone through breast cancer”.’
‘It’s exhausting’: The Dancing on Ice star has even had trolls pose as breast cancer patients to get her attention on social media after she was diagnosed with the disease in 2008
‘And the idiot that I am I send hugs and everything like that but then they’d say “just asking for a friend, why did you find Bo’ Selecta! upsetting?” and then they’ll go on the attack.’
Trisha is one of sixth women to discuss their views on four-part series She Speaks, which has been setup by POW TV (Power of Women) co-founder Rosemary Reed.
Speaking about the online show, Rosemary said: ‘We are going to have a lot of women like Trisha and Adele Roberts talking about different subjects that are affecting the situation as it is now.
‘We want to encourage other women to start their own She Speaks and to vocalise how they’re feeling and have been impacted but in a positive way.’