Steph McGovern addresses cruel backlash as Channel 4 host says ‘I just sit and cry’

Steph McGovern tells Russell Kane 'it's daytime' after his joke

Steph McGovern has spoken candidly about the negative reaction she has received on social media. Her comments come after the presenter addressed online abuse on The Steph Show, while discussing the news that Jesy Nelson had decided to quit the pop band Little Mix.

The 38-year-old explained that people often make cruel comments about her appearance.

The mum-of-one revealed it used to affect her as she addressed the impact of online bullying.

The former BBC host was joined by regular contributors Vogue Williams, Russell Kane and Anna Soubry yesterday.

Addressing the backlash, Steph explained: “Do you know, I get it as well.

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“I always get told I look ugly or fat or whatever else. Or that you’re thick and people say, ‘How can you possibly be intelligent with that voice?’ It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?”

The Channel 4 presenter admitted she used to read the online comments but has since learned to ignore trolls.

Steph said: “For a while, in the beginning, I used to read them all and sometimes I’d think about replying, and then I thought – why am I bothering? – all the nice people I’m just ignoring.

“Actually, you have to just train your brain to go, they don’t know me, they’re not my friends or family – and so what – they’ve got something wrong in their life.”

Former MP Anna interjected: “Not everyone can do that though.”

Steph added: “No exactly and there are some days where I don’t, and I just sit and cry.”

The panellists on the daytime show were discussing the topic after Jesy announced via social media she was leaving Little Mix after nine years.

The singer said in a statement: “The truth is recently being in the band has really taken a toll on my mental health.

“I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations very hard.”


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Meanwhile, Steph has previously opened up being left “really hurt” by comments about her looks.

The small-screen star revealed how she immediately noticed people had an opinion from the moment she appeared on TV.

“I think I really felt the pressure on my body image when I moved from behind the camera to in front of it,” the Channel 4 host remarked.

“Suddenly everyone had an opinion on how I sounded or how I looked.”

She added that she had been mocked by trolls over both her jawline and weight.

“I still get it now, just last week someone called me fat, I get it all the time,” Steph continued on Easy Ways To Live Well.

“There are people who say I look like Desperate Dan because I’ve got a big jaw and sometimes that really hurts.”

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.

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