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