Vernon Kay says his young daughters will not get an easy ride just because their parents are famous.
Host of ITV’s new daytime game show 1000 Heartbeats, Vernon told What’s on TV: “If my daughters come to me when they’re teenagers and ask for spending money, I’ll say ‘no, get a job!’
But there’s kindness behind the words, as Vernon wants his two girls, Phoebe (10) and Amber (5) to experience the joy of hard graft and the rewards it brings. He said: “By working at that age you learn that if you work hard, you get paid.
“[They] need to realise nothing comes to you for free, you have to work for it.”
Vernon, who’s married to Strictly Come Dancing presenter Tess Daly, added: “My first job when I was 14 was putting stickers on bananas! I’ve also worked in a Tesco, cleaned phone boxes, worked in a carpenters… I did all sorts and enjoyed every single one of them for different reasons.”
The Bolton-born presenter has come a long way since those days, and can be seen on ITV every weekday at 4pm on ITV helping 1000 Heartbeats’ contestants remain calm under pressure, and potentially win big cash prizes.