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Thursday, March 11, 1999 Published at 13:38 GMT


Breakfast bosses defend new host

Kelly Brook: Scriptwiters have been asked to ease her in

Channel 4's morning show The Big Breakfast has laughed off reports that new host Kelly Brook is struggling with her job.

The 19-year-old model replaced Denise Van Outen as co-presenter with Johnny Vaughan on the flagship show last month. But she has found the going difficult at times - occasionally stumbling over her scripted lines.

A leaked memo from the programme's assistant producer Deborah Sargant requested writers kept difficult words to a minimum - and that names in scripts should be written phonetically, and in capital letters.

The note read: "All intros and links should be kept as simple as possible with alliteration and obscure words kept to a minimum. Words that have recently caused trouble include 'intrepid', 'satirical'."

[ image: Johnny Vaughan welcomes Brook to the show]
Johnny Vaughan welcomes Brook to the show
The memo also suggested jokes and observations should be scripted for Brook so she could build up her on-screen rapport with Vaughan.

But Brook made jokes about newspaper reports of the memo on Thursday morning's show - and Vaughan sarcastically asked: "Who would have thought a television show might be scripted?"

A spokesman for the show said the memo was a sign of the care they were taking to ease someone new to live TV into presenting a demanding show.

He said: "It's a big job presenting The Big Breakfast. Any pressure you can take off her is a help bearing in mind she has producers screaming at her.

"It's no reflection on her and the idea didn't come from her. It was purely a conversational note brought up at a meeting with the writers."

Brook beat current stand-in presenter Melanie Sykes and a raft of more experienced presenters to the coveted position.

She got her first break in modelling aged 15, after winning a local newspaper competition. Before she started on The Big Breakfast she was best known for modelling Triumph bras.

The show is made by Planet 24, the company co-founded by Bob Geldof and sold this week to media conglomerate Carlton.

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