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Presenter Yvette Fielding has claimed she was bullied on the set of Blue Peter during her first year.
The now 55-year-old joined the popular BBC show back in 1987 when she was only 18 and was the youngest person on set.
Although Yvette went on to star in Blue Peter for five years, she’s recently revealed she was ready to leave after her first 12 months.
Speaking to Genevieve Hassan on the Celebrity Catch-Up: Life After That Thing I Did podcast, Yvette made allegations against her former boss at the time.
Yvette has described her past editor as “incredibly cruel” after the way she was treated on set.
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Recalling her experience, Yvette said: “It wasn’t a pleasant first year.
“I would ring my mum up and then hear my mum’s voice and burst into tears because I was so homesick.”
Claiming she hadn’t been given any training before joining the show, Yvette told the podcast she wasn’t given any tips on how to present.
She added: “I was told that I was useless, absolutely useless, again and again and again and again.
“Every time I did what I thought was right, she’d come back and she’d say something awful or she’d just berate me in front of other people. And it was just absolutely soul destroying.”
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During her interview, Yvette claims producers had given her a curfew of 9pm and would check in to make sure she had gone to bed.
After 12 months of being on the show, Yvette had had enough and made the decision to quit.
She commented: “I actually resigned and walked out because I found it really hard going. I’d been pushed to the absolute limit.”
“I’d just had enough of being bullied, which is what it was.”
However, Yvette had a change of heart and decided to stay on the programme where she stayed for a further four years.
Her former boss made the decision to retire in 1988, a year after Yvette had joined.
Yvette described her remaining time on the programme as “an absolute blast” and stated her alleged mistreatment made her stronger in the long run.
Express.co.uk have contacted the BBC who declined to comment.
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