Steph McGovern breaks down in tears during Chris Kamara racism interview
Steph McGovern broke down crying as she had a chat with Chris Kamara on her Channel 4 show, Steph's Packed Lunch, on Thursday.
Steph, 38, invited the former footballer onto her new daytime show and as the conversation turned to it being Black History Month, Chris spoke about growing up as a black child in Middlesbrough.
"Did you feel really different then, growing up in 'Boro?" Steph asked the 62-year-old Sky Sports presenter.
“It’s so hard to say. I remember going to the shops once for 10 Woodbines [cigarettes] for my mum with a note and giving it to the shopkeeper," he replied.
"But before he could give me the 10 Woodbines, someone burst into the shop demanding a loaf of bread and he said, ‘I’m just serving this little fella,' and she said, ‘Him and his lot should go back to where they came from.'"
As Steph and the small audience gasped, Chris continued: "Well we only lived five doors away from her, and that was when you first realise that you’re different because I was only young then.
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"And then when I go to school, I’m the only black person in the school, and then you go to senior school and you’re the only black person," he added.
As Chris went on to discuss the death of George Floyd and sports players taking the knee, Steph told him: "I get a bit emotional listening to you Kammy because you’re from my home town."
Becoming visibly upset, Steph punched her fist against her palm as Chris also became emotional and said: "Don't make me…"
Attempting to continue, Steph said: "You're such an important…" but she failed to compose herself and quickly instructed comedian Russell Kane to take over.
"Do you know what, let's have a break instead, I think that's a good idea," Russell told the camera crew.
When the show returned, Steph apologised to viewers watching at home for breaking down in tears.
"Sorry I had a bit of a moment earlier. Kammy grew up in Middlesborough where I'm from and listening to some of his stories, I just became overwhelmed."
Russell then brought some laughter to the room as he suggested bosses should get more onions on set to make her cry more.
But it seems viewers at home were also welling up watching it, and took to Twitter to post about it.
"Got emotional watching this," said one viewer, while a second added: "Such a sad story. Unfortunately, it’s still happening."
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