According to a poll by The Sun, the nation’s best-loved presenters and most disliked presenters have been revealed as discovered by a public vote.
It perhaps comes as no surprise that David Attenborough came out tops and was voted as the most loved presenter on television, while some of the runner’s up included Declan Donnelly, Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis.
So, who which presenters were voted as the least popular? Here we’ll reveal the list, according to The Sun’s poll.
10. Davina McCall
Former Big Brother presenter, Davina McCall has always been a little eccentric let’s say when it comes to her presenting skills. With her over-excited personality and loud voice and laugh, it’s fair to say that you either love her or loathe her. Being voted as number 10th on the list, it seems the latter is the case.
In her most recent presenting role for ‘Long Lost Family’, it seems even her more calmer nature and sympathetic attitude during tear-jerking moments still hasn’t won over the hearts of the nation.
9. Stephen Mulhern
Initially known for being a magician on TV, Stephen Mulhern as ranked as 9th in the most annoying presenter’s list. You’ll probably most associate him presenting shows such as Catchphrase, Big Star’s Little Star and Britain’s Got More Talent.
It seems Stephen’s light-hearted humour is getting on the nerves of some of the public, and on BGMT is often seen taking the mick out of some of the less-talented contestants backstage. Much to the annoyance of some viewers, he has become associated with the catchphrases ‘Unbelievable’ and ‘Doosh’.
8. Fern Britton
Best known for presenting shows on both the BBC and ITV, Fern Britton first made her way into the spotlight presenting Ready Steady Cook. She gained popularity after presenting ITV’s This Morning for 10 years, between 1999-2009 alongside Phillip Schofield and was later replaced by Holly Willoughby.
Between 2008-2010, Fern went on to present All-Star: Mr and Mrs once again alongside Schofield and the pair, in which the pair had become an iconic TV duo. The pair were constantly in fits of giggles and bantering with one another, which may have cheesed-off some viewers over their 11 year TV relationship.
In 2011, her lack of popularity seemed fairly obvious after her one-woman show ‘Fern’ was axed on Channel 4 after just two weeks on air, due to low viewing figures.
7. Jeremy Paxman
Broadcaster, journalist and presenter, Jeremy Paxman is best-known for presenting high-profile political shows and news programmes.
In 1989, Paxman became the presenter for Newsnight, but during the stint, was heavily criticised for the way in which he interviewed guests. On one particular occasion, he asked Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy about his drinking habits, and a case was followed up in which they stated that Paxman was “overly intrusive in nature and tone and had exceeded acceptable boundaries for broadcast”.
In 2013, he blasted the BBC on Twitter after they commented on the fact that he had grown a beard – he stated that those involved in the programme had Pogonophobia (a fear of beards…)
In 2014, he went on the blast the BBC, claiming that Newsnight was run by 13 year-olds: “Look, Newsnight is made by 13-year-olds. It’s perfectly normal when you’re young that you want to change the world,” Mr Paxman said. “The older you get, the more you realise what a fools’ errand much of that is and that the thing to do is to manage the best you can to the advantage of as many people as possible.”
6. Eamonn Holmes
Eamonn Holmes presented GMTV for twelve years between 1993 and 2005, before going on to become the sole host of Sky News Sunrise for 11 years between 2005-2006. It’s fair to say that Eamonn is here to stay – perhaps much to the dismay of some viewers.
Since 2006, Eamonn has presented This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford on Friday mornings.
It may come as a surprise to you that Eamonn Holmes is even on this list – he’s always been a placid and somewhat joky sort of chap, but his slightly cringe-worthy digs towards his wife Ruth during segments may have left a bad taste in the mouth of some viewers.
5. Jonathan Ross
Most well-known for hosting his own show, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross in the early 2000’s, you could perhaps say that Jonathon Ross has become a bit of a legend in the entertainment industry.
Alongside his television work, Ross also went on to have his very own radio show on Radio 2 and came back to TV with a brand-new programme – ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ – very original, huh?
It’s fair to say though that Ross has been at the centre of controversy several times over throughout his career for many different reasons.
In 2007, he joked at the British Comedy Awards that his salary was apparently worth 1,000 BBC journalists”, which as you can expect, didn’t go down too well. In 2009, he made another awful slip-up after making an extremely homophobic joke – which of course we will not repeat.
4. Vernon Kay
We haven’t seen Vernon Kay on our screens for quite a while now, but being ranked 4th on this list, may be one of the reasons why.
He is perhaps best associated with presenting programmes including All Star Family Fortunes, Beat the Star and most recently, Splash!
In 2004, Kay decided to spend a bit of time off-camera and joined the team at BBC Radio 1; but left in 2012 to spend more time with his family. His wife Tess Daly is the co-host of Strictly Come Dancing alongside Claudia Winkleman, and formerly the late Bruce Forsyth.
3. Noel Edmonds
If you’re a fan of Deal or No Deal, then Noel Edmonds needs no real introduction. Formerly a disk jockey for Radio 1 upon first starting out on his career, Noel has since had a lengthy career in television which has spanned more than forty years.
Some of the shows he has been involved with have included Top of the Pops, The Late, Late Breakfast Show and Telly Addicts. As previously mentioned, his latest and perhaps best-known spot was presenting Deal or No Deal on Channel 4 between 2005-2016.
In 2008, he hit headlines after stating that he was refusing to pay his television license due to the way in which TV Licensing went about collecting payments.
It came as no surprise to those who weren’t the biggest fans of Noel, when Deal or No Deal finally got the axe from Channel 4 in 2016. At the time, The Mirror said: “Deal Or No Deal doesn’t get the ratings it used to and it is not a cheap daytime show to make”.
It seems even Noel himself was unsure about the longevity of the show before the official announcment was made: “I get asked this all the time and what I can say is we finished recording the last one at the end of the first week of May and they have enough Deal or No Deal to go through to the end of next year. I do not know if it will be recorded again, if it’s over I have had a sensational 10 years. ‘If they ask me to do it again I will seriously consider it. I have no idea about the future of Deal or No Deal” he admitted to the Western Daily Press.
2. Anthony McPartlin
This one may come as a huge shock to fans of Ant and Dec, as Ant himself was rated as second most disliked presenter within the poll. With his co-host Dec voted as third favourite in a similar poll, there’s no doubt that Ant’s recent drug issue has gone against him in the eyes of the public.
Last June, the nation truly felt for him after it was announced he would be heading to rehab after becoming addicted to prescription drugs, and soon after, announced that he would be divorcing his wife Lisa after 11 years of marriage.
Ant seemingly made a full recovery after co-hosting ‘I’m A Celebrity’ alongside Dec and going on to present the new series of ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’, Ant shocked viewers when it was announced that he had been involved in a drink-driving incident.
The drivers suffered minor injuries and is set to appear in Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on 4th April. Ant could now face up to six months in jail, a huge fine and even a year’s ban on driving should he be found guilty for the incident.
1. David Dickinson
David Dickinson is best known for his extensive antique knowledge (and perhaps his orange tan!) but was voted as the most disliked presenter according to the poll by The Sun.
Between 2000-2004, he hosted Bargain Hunt, before presenting Dickinson’s Real Deal since 2006. Over the years, he has been associated with two catchphrases which are often use in everyday society ‘a real bobby-dazzler’ and ‘cheap as chips’ to describe some of the antiques he’s dealing with.
However, what many may not know is that 19-year-old David got himself into a spot of trouble with the law back in 1961 and told The Mirror: “I was a young bloke trying to get on. But I took the wrong turning and paid the price. It was a very silly thing I did. I got into trouble and I paid the penalty – and rightly so. I’ve never had a day’s dishonesty since and I’ve worked hard to establish a good reputation in my antique business.” he said.
A BBC spokesperson also added:
“He spent his time in jail, he learned from it and he’s not done anything since.’ She went on: ‘We are all delighted with how well the programme is doing. It’s partly down to the format and partly down to David. His popularity is astonishing – it just grows and grows. People love him. We get people who are really desperate to be on the show.”
While BBC seems to think that the 76-year-old is a firm-favourite on TV, viewers of the show seem to really disagree.
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