Friend for life? Why I can’t stand Jen­nifer Anis­ton’s catty new show

From red car­pet to real life... Reid all about it

Scottish Daily Mail - - Front Page - Susanna Reid

ENough! I’m sick of fe­male Tv stars be­ing por­trayed as nasty, snide and com­pet­i­tive.

I’ll ad­mit I was in­trigued, when Ap­ple Tv’s new drama The morn­ing Show launched at the week­end, to see my job por­trayed by one of my favourite ac­tresses.

but how my heart sank as it be­came clear that the show re­lies on the well­worn cliché of pitch­ing Jen­nifer Anis­ton’s Queen bee an­chor — Alex — against reese Wither­spoon’s younger, perkier reporter, bradley.

In my ex­pe­ri­ence, there is more ri­valry be­tween male coun­ter­parts. Take ITv’s Piers mor­gan and Dan Walker, his bbC break­fast dou­ble. The way they snipe at each other on Twit­ter makes me shud­der. I would never speak about a col­league like that.

Women have been smash­ing their way through the glass ceil­ing for decades after all — now we’ve got there, we don’t see the point in tear­ing each other down.

men, on the other hand, seem to get away with it be­cause they see no shame in pub­licly bash­ing each other, then pass­ing it off as ‘ban­ter’ not bitch­i­ness. Yet some­how, the myth en­dures that it’s women who are the catty ones.

SorrY to dis­ap­point, folks — this hack­neyed old theme is not one I recog­nise. of course, there is friendly ri­valry, but we have each other’s backs. When Naga munchetty was un­fairly ad­mon­ished by the bbC over the Don­ald Trump race row, for ex­am­ple, I sent her a mes­sage of sup­port.

Char­lotte hawkins, Kate gar­raway and I love the rare nights out we get to­gether. When Char­lotte took her turn on Strictly in 2017 she’d of­ten pop into my dress­ing room so we could swap sto­ries of the judges’ harsh com­ments.

She was heart­bro­ken when she was elim­i­nated from the show and I helped piece her back to­gether on the mon­day so she could face go­ing on-air.

The morn­ing Show does get many of the vis­ual de­tails right though. You’d hope so, since Ap­ple re­port­edly spent £233 mil­lion ($300mil­lion) on it. Jen­nifer Anis­ton’s dress­ing room is cov­ered in fam­ily pho­tos and fans’ draw­ings. mine is the same.

The best gifts from view­ers in­clude a hand-drawn por­trait of me in eng­land foot­ball kit, a money-box em­bla­zoned The Piers es­cape Fund and a photo of a box­ing ring with my favourite slo­gan ‘No guts No glory’. Jen’s char­ac­ter Alex is out of bed at 3.30am — so far, so fa­mil­iar. but my jaw dropped when she chugged a can of red bull first thing and then hit the gym. have an ex­tra hour in bed woman! And she ends the day with vodka shots — quite un­like my dull, dis­ci­plined regime.

her pre-show prep in­volves fancy un­der-eye masks and a quartz fa­cial roller. I wish! (must buy one).

And so to the big­gest prob­lem I have with The morn­ing Show. While its main sto­ry­line is about the male news­caster be­ing fired for sex­ual mis­con­duct, it also cen­tres around the idea that Jen­nifer Anis­ton is get­ting on a bit (I mean come on, the woman is gor­geous!) and con­sumed by envy of reese’s am­bi­tious younger char­ac­ter.

This daz­zling show, in­tended to launch Ap­ple Tv, is com­pletely out of date. What were they think­ing? There is no need to fear the younger model any more. Lor­raine Kelly is one of the most glam­orous and ad­mired women in broad­cast­ing, and is still in full stride as she ap­proaches 60.

mean­while, the older man/much younger woman set-up that used to be com­mon­place on the sofa is over. There are just five years be­tween me and Piers, while on bbC break­fast there’s a big­ger age gap of nine years — but Louise minchin is the older one, not Dan. Women are stay­ing put longer, just as we should be.

It might crush the cliché with a stiletto heel, but women suc­ceed by be­ing sup­port­ive, not putting each other down. We leave that to the guys.

On screen drama: Jen­nifer Anis­ton and Reese Wither­spoon

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