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- Benedict Garrett
- Big Brother 2012 house mate, single Dad, actor, singer, personal trainer, stripper, adult entertainer, public speaker, activist, columnist, presenter and former secondary school teacher. Canadaphile, Francophile, atheist, fighter for freedom and tolerance, real child protection, sexual liberalism, European integration and abolition of the monarchy.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
The Johnny Anglais interview on 'This Morning'
Johnny Anglais is interviewed by Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on ITV1's morning show, 'This Morning', about the recent story making headlines around the world.
Knowing that this was going to be my fourth national television appearance (twice on the Beeb and once on Spanish TV), I was somewhat calmer arriving at the 'This Morning' studio early yesterday morning. It had all been a bit rushed - train down the night before, quick kip in the hotel, then off early in the morning to see Philip and Holly. The air of calmness continued at the studio, with its domestic atmosphere and soft furnishings. It was more reminscent of a converted country stables than a TV studio on the banks of the River Thames in Central London.
After some time spent in the Green Room, meeting 'Bird of a Feather' stars Linda Robson and Leslie Joseph, and a few takes filming me walking or, as requested, 'strutting' down the corridor, I was led into the studio to meet Mr Schofield and Ms.Willoughby (Willoughby, Willoughby, Willoughby...).
Obviously, I knew I would have to defend myself and face a barrage of criticism and Holly and Phil, in their roles as hosts and 'Devil's advocates' threw their worst at me, but I came away content that I represented my point of view well. Apologies to Holly however, for calling her 'Ms.Wallaby' and making it feel necessary for her to raise her hand to speak.
Of course, I had already had some practice the days before, having done my rounds of the BBC radio stations, but this was an unrivalled opportunity for the public to actually see and hear me 'defend' myself for the first time. I am incredibly grateful to ITV for having given me that chance. Of course, there are those who see me nothing as a vile and perverse example of a human being. There are those who commented I came across as 'arrogant'. But I am satisfied that I did the best I could to represent a point of view that, although some may disagree, is a point of view that is worthy of being heard.
And before the accusations of money-hunter start flying in my direction, I got paid the grand sum of nothing to appear on 'This Morning', except for a train ticket and a hotel bed.