Steph McGovern, host of Packed Lunch, recalls her reservations about a TV career, saying, “I can’t do telly anymore.”
STEPH MCGOVERN has stated that she was worried she wouldn’t be able to return to work on television, but that her employer backed her up before making a decision.
Steph McGovern was concerned about her job security, but she believes she was forced to take charge by a former supervisor. The news anchor admitted that she had a panic attack just before going on air.
I thought to myself, ‘God, I can’t do television anymore.’
The Middlesborough-born presenter rose to prominence as the BBC’s Business presenter before transferring to BBC Breakfast. She now hosts her own Channel 4 show and is recognized for her tight relationships with the cast.
While Steph may be one of television’s most well-known faces, she didn’t always have it easy on her journey to become a household figure.
Steph, 39, was plagued by worry in the early stages of her career and felt she would be unable to work.
Steph has spoken up about her troubles in a new podcast, and how a former boss gave her the ultimate boost.
“A job that I’d been doing for seven years,” Steph told Oti Mabuse, “but I was so afraid of appearing on television because I was worried I was going to have a panic attack.”
Steph claimed during her appearance on Oti’s The Rhythm of Life podcast that after speaking with her supervisor, she remarked, “‘I have total control over this, I might not have control over some of the things in my private life at the moment, but I have control over this.”
“That was extremely frightening for me because I thought to myself, ‘God, I can’t do television anymore’ — I’d defined myself for so long by it.
“It was before I had my daughter and everything, which gives you a lot of perspective.”
“Before that, my career was literally me, and it’s completely how I defined myself,” the journalist stated.
Steph admits to sitting on her hands as a “sort of CBT [Cognitive Behavioural Therapy] thing” when asked how she keeps her anxiousness under control.
“When you concentrate on that, it sort of distracts you,” she continued, “so that’s kind of what I do as well.”
Steph announced last week that she would be returning to her BBC roots to star in a new documentary.
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