Lorraine Kelly reveals she was sacked from her TV role weeks after she gave birth

Lorraine Kelly reveals she was sacked from her TV role weeks after she gave birth

07/03/2021

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Lorraine Kelly has been in our homes for nearly 40 years, but the TV sensation has revealed how her long-standing career was almost cut short.

The mother-of-one, 61, was working as a Glasgow-based reporter with TV-AM when she received the devastating news that she had been sacked – just weeks after she welcomed her beautiful daughter Rosie in 1994.

The Glaswegian TV star, who recently shared she has "no doubt" Piers Morgan will return to GMB, shared how she was faced with many battles throughout her career, but has always been someone to face a problem head on and power through to the end.

Speaking on the podcast White Wine Question Time hosted by Kate Thornton, the daytime talk show host revealed how her hit TV career almost didn’t happen.

As she recalled the shocking news, she said: “They told me not to come back. They basically said, ‘Thanks very much and cheerio’ because they had someone else. Anthea Turner was brought in to present with Eamonn [Holmes].

“It was a long, long time ago – 27 years ago – because Rosie is 27,” she said.

The Scottish belle, who had recently become a mother for the first time with her TV cameraman husband Steve Smith, shared how scary and daunting the experience was as a new mum.

She said: “It was really frightening. I had this really tiny baby and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.”


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But when it seemed like all hope was lost, a brand wanted to sponsor a mother and baby slot on the show and told producers they would only do it if Lorraine, who has recently slammed Harry and Meghan over interviews, could present it.

“Luckily there was a mum and baby company – I think it was Cow & Gate or something – who wanted to do a mum and baby slot.

“They wouldn’t do it unless I did it. So that was a way back, if you like. It was so successful that they ended up giving me my own show.”


The TV host opened up on the podcast alongside her daughter Rosie as she recalled how TV bosses told her how she would never make it as a hit TV presenter due to her strong Glaswegian accent.

“When I worked at BBC Scotland, the head of BBC Scotland said I’ve never make it because of my accent, because I had a Glasgow accent.

“That was the best thing he could ever have 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.”

She added: “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.”

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