PUBLISHED: 12:31, Tue, Oct 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:33, Tue, Oct 6, 2020
Andrea McLean, 51, has revealed she missed out on securing a job on GMTV as a weather presenter earlier in her career due to her looks. The Loose Women presenter was then tasked with training the person who was deemed to be “better looking” than her and did get the role on the show.
Recalling the surprising story, Andrea said: “What happened was I didn’t get the job, but I got the job of training the person they gave the job to.
“Because this is how insane TV is, they gave the job to someone else who couldn’t do the weather, but was better looking because that’s how telly works!
“And because I have no ego, I was like, ‘Okay, I’ll come in and train this person to do the job’.
“So I trained them and they lasted for about six weeks because they actually found it very stressful.”
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Andrea McLean speaks out after losing job to someone 'better looking (Image: GETTY•ITV)
Andrea McLean trained the person she lost the job to (Image: GETTY)
Andrea went on to explain she was comfortable with most aspects of presenting the weather on the ITV show, while the other person couldn’t cope with them.
She continued during an appearance on Kate Thornton’s podcast White Wine Question Time: “It’s live TV and there’s lots of talking in your ear and when you do the weather, at least on GMTV at the time, it was used as a buffer.
“So sometimes you’d have to condense two and a half minutes of weather into 30 seconds and have it make sense.
“Other times, you’d have to stretch it out to what felt like an hour because people weren’t ready yet and I was fine with that, but they weren’t, so they didn’t last.”
Andrea McLean spoke out about how 'insane' the television industry can be (Image: WENN)
Andrea McLean is a presenter on Loose Women