‘I come in peace to make love!’ Vanessa Feltz on the culture wars, quitting the BBC and life as tabloid fodder
The radio and TV presenter has left the corporation after the best part of two decades. She talks about dealing with ageism, racism, misogyny and ‘fattism’, joining TalkTV, and her pioneering meltdown on Celebrity Big Brother
‘Come round and let me see your face,” orders Vanessa Feltz, as I wander into a tidy kitchen of pink counters and framed newspaper front pages, where she is sitting with a couple of makeup artists. “You look young and handsome, delightful, naive!” she tells me. “You don’t look like a seasoned hater who’s been doing this for years.” Rapid small talk ensues, covering everything from why she’d be terrible on I’m a Celebrity (she says she has turned them down multiple times, yet they keep offering more money) to questions about my “romantic status”.
To call this a charm offensive would be to imply that Feltz cares deeply about the resulting write-up. Really, she says, she couldn’t care less.