In an interview with This Morning, Kerry Katona spoke of the ‘toxic’ culture at ITV, claiming that she was left suicidal by a lack of aftercare. During an interview with Dan Wootton on GB News, the Atomic Kitten singer broke her silence regarding the ongoing Phillip Schofield scandal. ‘The culture at ITV, the toxicity, and the aftercare are so lacking that I ended up suicidal,’ she said. It was so disgusting that no one reached out to me in any way. She pulled back tears as she continued, Caroline Flack and her boyfriend argued and they asked her to step down in that manner. She couldn’t understand why Phillip was still on the sofa three years later and that ITV knew about it.
'The culture at ITV and the toxicity and the aftercare is so lack of that I was left suicidal.'— GB News (@GBNEWS) May 31, 2023
Kerry Katona emotionally reflects on her personal treatment at ITV and the lack of aftercare she received after appearing on This Morning. pic.twitter.com/6N417Gwn27
Caroline took her own life as a result. I don’t get th at at all, and it needs to be shouted out and voiced. I don’t know if it’s because she’s a woman or because I’m a woman. After awaiting a court appearance over charges of assaulting Lewis Burton, her boyfriend at the time, Love Island presenter Flack committed suicide at the age of 40 in February 2020. During a discussion about This Morning, she branded it a ‘phoney, fake, and false show’. The interview came after Kerry shared how a past interview on This Morning ruined her career. Kerry commented on the interview back in 2018, stating, I think mental health stigma has continued to be a taboo for so long now.
Kerry Katona Sobs Over ‘Toxicity’ At ITV Following Phillip Schofield Scandal
Kerry Katona accuses Phillip Schofield of ‘belittling’ her in an infamous 2008 interview where she drew attention to the ‘toxic’ culture at This Morning. In an interview with Dan Wootton on GB News on Wednesday evening, the 42-year-old TV personality broke her silence on the ongoing Phillip scandal. She recalled a famous interview she did on This Morning back in 2008, where Phillip, 61, asked her live about her slurred speech. Kerry accused him of being condescending and ‘belittling’ her with his comments and explained how her bipolar medication caused her to slur her speech. Additionally, she criticised ITV for failing to contact her after her television appearance and claimed that she was left feeling suicidal. Taking aim at the ‘toxic’ culture on the breakfast show, Kerry said: ‘People do not understand what that interview did to me emotionally. Even now, whenever I go back to ITV after a long time, there is a sense of snobbery and inferiority. It feels like I’ve got to impress them, make sure my speech is clear and not slurred. Asked about the interview that left her at rock bottom, Kerry said: It was just awful. It was suicidal for me. It was all I wanted to do to die, to commit suicide. All over the place, it was.
As she discussed how it affected her everyday life, Kerry, who has been sober for 14 years, alleges that nobody wanted to hire her. More than ten years later, Kerry cried as she explained how she still has to justify herself over the interview. As she said with tears in her eyes: Even now when I watch that video, I feel ashamed and so hard done by. I have been justifying myself for ten years. In addition, she added that she had no reason to lie about the medication, even today she had to defend herself for the interview. During an infamous live 2008 interview, Phillip asked Kerry about her slurred speech and whether she was ‘OK’, despite her insistence that her medication was the cause. As she explained on GB News, Kerry claimed that she had previously met Phillip’s younger colleague with whom he had an affair. After admitting to an affair with a young male This Morning colleague, Phillip quit ITV and was dropped by his talent agency YMU last Friday. During his marriage to Stephanie Lowe, he confessed to having an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a man, despite previously denying the affair when asked about it by his agent.