Sunday 15 September 2019

Tim Lovejoy quips after Lorraine Kelly tax ruling: This is not the real me

He was talking to Ben Elton about the wider issue of identity crisis.

Tim Lovejoy joked about Lorraine Kelly’s recent tax ruling (Steve Parsons/PA)
Tim Lovejoy joked about Lorraine Kelly’s recent tax ruling (Steve Parsons/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

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”.

A tax tribunal judge ruled in Lorraine Kelly’s favour (Ian West/PA)

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.

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