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Last Updated: Friday, 21 April 2006, 11:53 GMT 12:53 UK
Davina defends slated chat show
Davina McCall
Presenter Davina McCall is expecting her third child
Presenter Davina McCall has defended her BBC One chat show following media criticism and poor ratings.

McCall, who saw viewing figures drop from 3.5m viewers to as low as 2.3m over the course of the series, said she remained "really proud" of the show.

She told BBC Five Live: "It was a light entertainment programme that was put in the toughest slot on the BBC."

McCall said the "depressing" coverage of the show had affected her so much she had stopped reading newspapers.

Big Brother presenter McCall added that the reviews had made her work "really difficult" and had affected morale among the show's team.

She said she felt it had been her "turn" to receive negative coverage.

"I'm not going to lie and say it hasn't affected me at all because it does," said the 38-year-old star.

"But people, members of the public, come up to me and say is everything alright so I kind of inadvertently get it through them.

'Great alternative'

"What I think is a shame is that something's not given a chance, and I'm really proud of the show that I did.

"When you get that much negative press, people just don't bother switching on to have a look, and if you'd actually tried it out it was actually a great alternative to the football or The Bill."

Critics rounded on Davina, with the Independent newspaper calling it an "abject failure" and the Mirror claiming it was "the worst value for money in telly history".

Fellow BBC One chat show host Jonathan Ross also criticised the programme, blaming the poor guests for Davina's low ratings.

A BBC spokeswoman said no decision had been made on the show's future.

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