Tim Lovejoy quipped that “the real me is at home” as he hosted Sunday Brunch following Lorraine Kelly’s tax tribunal ruling.
Kelly, 59, hit the headlines when she won a £1.2 million battle after a tax tribunal judge ruled she was not an ITV employee.
The judge had ruled “that Ms Kelly presents a persona of herself… the act being to perform the role of a friendly, chatty and fun personality”.
Now presenter Lovejoy, 51, has quipped: “I’m like Lorraine Kelly. I’m not real. This is not really me. The real me is at home!”
He made the joke to Ben Elton, one of the guests on Sunday Brunch, after the comedian said he was grappling with the issue of identity crisis and outrage in his new novel.
Elton had been discussing the wider issue of identity and people taking offence on the Channel 4 show, saying: “Every celebrity at some point in their career will have to say, ‘That is not who I am.’ But if none of us are who we are, then who… are we?”
Lovejoy hosts Sunday Brunch with Simon Rimmer.