National Reality TV Awards: Interviews with Susanna Reid, Debbie McGee and Celebrity Big Brother stars
by Katie Russell
Last night, the stars were out in full force at the National Reality TV Awards. The red carpet was full of familiar faces, including some of our favourites from Love Island, Celebrity Big Brother and Strictly Come Dancing
From this year’s Love Island, Hayley Hughes was packing on the PDA with her boyfriend Tom Zanetti, while Samira Mighty looked stunning in her glittery black jump-suit, as she prepared to host the event.
Sophie from Geordie Shore blazed through the red carpet, and former Ex on the Beach star Charlotte Dawson stunned in a white jumpsuit. Dan Osborne and Ben Jardine were having a giggle on the staircase, and fellow Celebrity Big Brother stars Chloe Ayling and Jermaine Pennant were unsurprisingly giving each other a wide berth.
We navigated the busy red carpet to have a chat with some of the celebs.
Susanna Reid on working with Piers Morgan
Last night, Susanna Reid went home with the most prestigious award – best TV presenter.
She called it ‘the big one’ and explained she needed to win, since she was up against her co-presenter Piers Morgan.
‘I’d be absolutely gutted [if Piers won]. It would just be awful. If I can win this it will prove to him the best presenter is not him. It’s not,’ she added, mimicking his voice, ‘”Me, me, me…”‘
On describing her relationship with Piers, she said, ‘We do have chemistry, but it’s just work chemistry – I’d like to point that out!
‘Piers and I come across as TV’s husband and wife, but my sympathies go out to his wife because I just have to work with him – she has to live with him.’
Susanna wasn’t the only big winner last night, as Love Island also picked up four awards. Surprisingly, Susanna revealed she is a big fan of the show.
‘I think it’s absolutely brilliant,’ she said, ‘and it teaches me everything I need to know about dating.
‘I’m always texting Caroline, saying please get me on Aftersun!’
Debbie McGee on Strictly and if she’d go on I’m a Celebrity
Debbie McGee has been impressed by this year’s Strictly Come Dancing and says she still talks to her former dance partner Giovanni ‘all the time’ and ‘dipped in and out’ of his dance tour this year.
Her dancing experience is being put to use in a pantomime in Wolverhampton, where Debbie will play Fairy Crystal in Sleeping Beauty. ‘I’m actually going to do a variation of one of my dances from Strictly,’ she revealed.
Will she be returning to our screens this year in a certain jungle in Australia? It would seem not. ‘I’m a Celeb is a different thing – you’re not learning a talent,’ she said. ‘I think I’d get bored. I’m really not into having rats running over me and spiders and stuff like that. And I don’t like being away from my hairdryer for too long!’
Chloe Ayling on Jermaine Pennant and Roxanne Pallett
In this year’s Celebrity Big Brother, English footballer Jermaine Pennant came under fire for seeming to flirt with Chloe Ayling and concealing the fact he had a wife.
When Chloe left the house she described Jermaine’s behaviour as ‘disgusting’, but last night revealed he still has not apologised for what happened.
‘I was expecting an apology,’ she said. ‘I apologised for calling him disgusting, but I didn’t get an apology back.’
She also spoke out about Roxanne Pallett, and explained that they were close in the Celebrity Big Brother house.
‘I really liked Roxanne – she was really genuine and one of my closest friends,’ she said. ‘She was a really sweet girl but she definitely made a mistake.’
She felt sorry for Roxanne for being so scrutinised by the media. ‘I’ve been in that position,’ she recalled, referring to the media attention following her kidnapping.
Dan Osborne on family life with Jacqueline Jossa
Rumours have been flying around about whether Dan Osborne and his wife Jacqueline Jossa are back together, but last night Dan confirmed it was true.
Husband and wife rekindled their romance as soon as he got out of the house, he said. ‘We’ve just spent time with each other since I’ve been out. We’ve managed to carry on from how we were before I went in.’
He was clearly overjoyed with their newest addition to the family, a daughter called Mia. ‘She’s amazing,’ Dan gushed last night. ‘Unbelievable. She’s holding her little head up now!’
Ben Jardine on life after Celebrity Big Brother
Newly single Ben Jardine talked about his experience of the Celebrity Big Brother house. ‘Being in the house was an amazing experience,’ he said. ‘You do find a lot about yourself – it’s such a magnified ambience.’
Since returning home, he said life has been ‘absolutely crazy’ as he has been up to ‘liquorice allsorts.’ Although he was keen to keep his future plans under wraps, he did let slip that he has a documentary in the pipeline and that he might be jetting off to L.A.