A little while ago, I made my selection of TV’s Most Annoying and invited MSN users to do the same on the Talk TV message board. Unsurprisingly, the name Fiona Phillips crops up again and again and again. For a variety of reasons, the GMTV presenter grates (although, to be fair, she has her fans too).
In addition to just about everything she does on GMTV, it’s the non-stop wittering about Chelsea FC from the former Southampton supporter that sets my teeth on edge. Where was she when they were Jurassic-sized dinosaur poo? And no, famouseccles, my Spurs-supporting mate, this isn’t a bitter Gooner talking (much). The switch to Chelsea was due to the fact that her sons support them. Fair enough (or is it?). However, like many a convert before her – she’s gone overboard. Thus, the decision to fly her out to Moscow to cover the Champions League final for GMTV seemed a very strange one indeed. Whatever happened to neutral reporting?
Andrew Castle may be an Arsenal fan, but he at least has some connection to sport, having played tennis professionally and commented on numerous tournaments. If anyone should’ve gone, surely it should’ve been him? Unsurprisingly, Ms Phillips didn’t exactly cover herself in glory – her performances at the press conferences were cringe-inducing and her questions were inane in the extreme. Over the past few weeks, I’ve bit my tongue and kept my bile in check; all I wanted was the footballing gods to answer my silent and ever-so-fervent prayers. And oh! How they’ve been answered: Drogba off! Terry misses! Cashley a loser! Terry cries like a girl at a McFly concert! Me? I was laughing my head off. Funniest thing I’ve seen in ages. And thinking of the GMTV presenter watching it all unfold made it funnier.
A win for Chelsea would surely have made Fiona Phillips the smuggest woman on Earth and that would be a sight my delicate stomach should be spared. I was dreading catching her on GMTV if Chelski had done it. Instead, in the words of Sir Alan Sugar: "Ya lost!"
Our Big Brother 9 special has now launched. It’s got loads of fun features including Big Brother Mingers (spoilt for choice) and Big Brother Babes (ditto).
Today I am mostly lovin’ – Schadenfreude!
Today I am mostly hatin’ – No more Raef…shame.
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