Fearne Cotton and Jake Humphrey have spoken out about their days presenting children’s telly, branding the atmosphere at CBBC ‘aggressive and catty.’
The TV stars claim there were a lot of tears when the cameras stopped rolling, leaving people ‘unhappy.’
Fearne, 40, who joined CBBC in 2001, chatted to 43-year-old Jake, who started on the channel the following year, on a podcast about their experiences.
Formula One host Jake – best known for fronting BAMZOOKi, Against All Odds, Rule The School, and Fame Academy with Holly Willoughby – said CBBC was ‘probably the most competitive and aggressive and sort of catty place.’
‘Everyone was young. Everybody wanted to be the next big thing,’ he said.
He asked Fearne if she had ‘ever known a dressing room with so many tears.’
The Celebrity Juice panelist replied: ‘I used to stay out of it. It was too scary for me.’
Fearne added that the environment left her feeling ‘very unhappy.’
Fearne was a favourite on CBBC, as she presented children’s science show Eureka TV, Finger Tips with Stephen Mulhern, Smile, and Only in America with good friend Reggie Yates.
She fronted Top of the Pops after leaving before venturing into radio, becoming the first regular female presenter of the Radio 1 Chart Show in 2007.
Meanwhile, Jake went on to host BBC Sport’s coverage of Formula 1 Grand Prix from 2009-2012.
He is now the main presenter of BT Sport football coverage, Director of Whisper Films, and hosts the High Performance podcast.
Fearne also has her own podcast called Happy Place, where she chats to guests about a range of topics, including about love, loss and mental health.
She’s also written several books.
As for CBBC, the channel was launched in 1985 and has seen many presenters come and go over the years.
Credit: Original article published here.