Helen Skelton has hit back at the BBC after getting the axe due to her ‘risque’ coverage of the Rio Olympics. Bosses of the channel confirmed that the presenter would not be included in the line-up for the Commonwealth Games in Austrailia in April, however, the 34-year-old was said to have been denied a real reason for the decision.
Many have been left wondering whether her axe was down to the revealing outfits she sported during her commentary in Rio. As a result of continuing to wear ‘leggy’ dresses throughout the event, many fans who tuned into the coverage made the move of complaining to the BBC.
Some viewers did, however, stick up for the star and praised her gorgeous pins:
“Suppose Helen Skelton’s legs just about make up for her being totally irritating.” one wrote.
‘Here’s an idea. Why don’t people comment on Helen Skelton’s journalistic talents and not what she is wearing? Absolutely shameful comments.” another said.
On one particular occasion, Helen was spotted wearing a spaghetti strap dress which showed a bit of midriff, however, this choice of outfit also didn’t go down too well.
According to The Daily Mail, Helen’s father, Richard thought the entire moment had been well and truly blown out of proportion by those who chose to complain: “I really can’t see what the fuss is about.” he said at the time.
“We haven’t spoken to her but I’m sure she’s laughing it off. I’m not bothered in the least. She’s a bonny young lass. There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world, I can’t believe people are bothered about Helen’s dress. We’re just happy she’s out there doing a good job, doing a difficult job, a job she enjoys. If people are tuning in, aren’t they watching the swimming? We have absolutely no problem with it whatsoever. I can’t believe people are bothered about it. Anyway, there’s somebody advising her on what to wear, it’s not her choice.”
It seems her Olympics co-presenters Rebecca Adlington and Mark Foster will still be involved in the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 which starts next month, but Skelton will definitely not be taking part.
The BBC has, however, announced that Skelton’s dismissal was not down to her choice of outfits, but the fact that the upcoming games were simply going to be performed on a much smaller scale; with fewer commentators needed.
“We are sending a considerably smaller operation to Australia than we have to previous games and as such there won’t be presentation from a number of sports including swimming. Helen remains a key presenter for BBC Sport,” a spokesperson for the BBC stated.
According to a source close to Skelton, the presenter wasn’t given a solid reason as to why she wouldn’t be involved with the upcoming games: “They haven’t explained their reasons. There are a few people where you think it’s a bit weird they aren’t there. Helen would have loved to be there.” they said.
Helen does, however, seem to have taken the news light-heartedly as she uploaded an Instagram photo onto her profile which featured a witty quote: “My boss told me, ‘dress for the job you want, not the job you have.’ Now I’m sitting in a disciplinary meeting dressed as Wonder Woman.”
Meanwhile, Helen admitted that living abroad for a while made her realise the importance of being a ‘tough mum’, while also admitting that the experience gave her a completely different outlook on life.
She admitted that making the move to France was not in her immediate plan and told The Daily Mail: ‘Moving to France was not on the cards when I married Richie.But then it’s hard to know what is on the cards when your husband plays rugby and you are a television presenter, so you have to be open to everything and just take what life throws at you.’
‘Life was very different,’ she added. ‘I’d just had Eric so I was ready to stay at home and spend time with him but it really was a bit of a culture shock.
‘The South of France sounds so cool and glamorous but we were in a pretty remote seaside town near the Spanish border. There was no wi-fi, no busy high street, barely any cafes and no friends around.
‘The French partners of Richie’s team-mates were lovely but I was in a completely different situation to them – I was a working mum with a young baby.” she went on to say.
Helen also stated that learning traits of how to be a good mum were discovered through her short time of being a French resident:
“I learned a hell of a lot about the way the French do motherhood and a lot of it has stuck.” she said. “French mums think that’s ridiculous. They have no problem pulling out jars of puree if they are busy…
“Now I try to give my boys as much seasonal produce as possible – and I puree.”
She also went on to say that French mothers also avoid giving snacks between meal times and hardly ever allow their children to have takeaways – therefore healthy eating is certainly a priority within many households.”
“They would eat tons at meal-times but they didn’t snack in between and they didn’t do takeaways.” Helen revealed. “They don’t sit around eating biscuits like I had done at home… My baby weight completely fell off in France…”
In comparison to the opinions of the British when it comes to breastfeeding, Helen admitted that French doctors and the public are much more open to different methods of feeding; with little pressure as to what is considered right and wrong.
“At my last doctor’s appointment in France, he asked if I was going to breast-feed my newborn.” she said.”I told him I had done so with Eric and I would again but if I had a problem I would use a bottle.
“In England, that response would be met with a look of disapproval but the doctor simply shrugged and said: ‘Breast is better for the baby – bottle is better for the b***s.’”
Helen and her family have now decided to move back to Leeds.