Lorraine Kelly mocks England fans ahead of Scotland match
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Lorraine Kelly, 61, fronts her own successful daytime show on ITV and has been a key member of the broadcaster’s presenting team since she joined TV-am as Scotland Correspondent in 1984. However, the star recently revealed her career could have taken a different turn, after her boss at the BBC told her she’d “never make it” on TV before her big break.
Lorraine claimed she was underestimated by the head of BBC Scotland due to her Glaswegian accent.
Lorraine shared the insight when she was quizzed on her “sliding doors, fork in the road” moments throughout her life so far during an appearance on Kate Thornton’s White Wine Question Time podcast, alongside her daughter Rosie, 26.
Host Kate asked: “What are your sliding doors, fork in the road, what if moments?
“Just one moment that went on to sort of be seminal and change everything.”
Rosie then chimed: “I know what yours is mum, yours would be that horrible man who said you would never be on telly!”
Lorraine agreed: “That’s right, that was before you were born!
“That was when I worked at BBC Scotland, and the head of BBC Scotland said I’d never make it because of my accent, because I had a Glasgow accent.
“But that was the best thing he could have ever done because the next day, there was a job going at TV-am as a reporter in Scotland, and I would never have had the nerve to apply for that job.”
Lorraine admitted that she was pushed to make the move after the disappointing conversation with her boss.
She continued: “But I just thought, I’m going to have to do something because I’m never going to get to be a reporter if I stay here.
“So I did that, I guess that sort of took me down another road, otherwise I might have stayed at BBC Scotland, and who knows what you would be doing!”
Lorraine went on to share how her role at TV-am gave her the opportunity to expand her skillset.
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She explained: “But because it was such a vast organisation, I went to a place where I was the only one.
“So I would be doing the sport back in the early eighties, when women didn’t really do football or rugby or any kind of sports, they do now thank goodness and they do it very well.
“And I was like the political correspondent, because it’s only me!”
Elsewhere, Lorraine shared another shocking revelation about her career, as she admitted she’s grateful she lost her job from ITV show GMTV after getting pregnant with her daughter Rosie.
The ITV star admitted that although she was left feeling worried about being a jobless mum at the time, losing the role eventually led to her landing her very own show.
Lorraine was a presenter alongside Eamonn Holmes on GMTV before she went on maternity leave.
She recalled: “They told me not to come back. They basically said ‘thanks very much and cheerio’ because they had someone else.
“They had Anthea – Anthea Turner they brought in to present.
“At the time it was scary – it really was. It was frightening because I had this wee tiny baby. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.”
Fortunately, Lorraine was about to have a change in fortune after Rosie was born.
Lorraine continued: “And luckily it was a mum and baby company – I think it was Cow & Gate – they wanted to do a mum and baby slot, and they wouldn’t do it unless I did it, and it was so successful that they ended up giving me my own show.”
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