TV presenter Fearne Cotton has hit back at the criticism of her part in the BBC’s Diamond Jubilee coverage over the bank holiday weekend.
She took to her Twitter page to answer her critics after the corporation received over 2,400 complaints from viewers about the live broadcasts – many of which were in relation to a sequence in which Fearne and singer Paloma Faith discussed a Jubilee-themed sickbag.
“People who sit lazily and judge others will never grow,” Fearne tweeted. “They’ll never take a look at themselves or feel content. Shame so many do.”
“Grown men who slag me off in articles/online are huge bullies,” she added. “I love my job and wouldn’t be doing it if I wasn’t any good at it.
“I’m a positive person who believes in treating people kindly. I don’t understand the mentality of others who think differently.”
Fearne also personally responded to one person who told her she was ‘pretty rubbish’ on the day of the pageant and suggested she should ‘find a new career’.
“Right this is what I’m talking about. YOU=bully,” she replied. “Take a look at yourself. I have been working non-stop for 15 years thank you.”
And in response to those who said they were entitled to an opinion on her abilities, she said, “In my last few tweets I have not said people can’t have an opinion. Opinions are one thing, outright bullying is another. VERY different.”
The BBC has said that they have “taken onboard” criticism of their Jubilee coverage, but added they have also received praise for their efforts.
An audience of around 10.3m watched the pageant, while viewing figures peaked at 17m during Monday’s star-studded Diamond Jubilee concert.