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Janet Street Porter slams Helen Skelton on Loose Women for signing up to Strictly to find love


Janet Street-Porter has criticised Helen Skelton amid rumours she has signed up for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing to find love.

BBC Countryfile presenter Helen, 29, has reportedly signed up to the hit dancing series in a bid to reignite her love life after splitting from her husband earlier this year.

Speaking on Wednesday’s episode of Loose Women, panellist Janet, 75, called Helen ‘needy’ for trying to find romance on TV.

'it's revealing too much': Janet Street-Porter has criticised Helen Skelton amid rumours she has signed up for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing to find love

‘it’s revealing too much’: Janet Street-Porter has criticised Helen Skelton amid rumours she has signed up for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing to find love

Helen was left devastated earlier this year when her husband Richie Myler ended their eight-year marriage, and is said to be ‘super excited’ at the prospect that she could find a partner on the show.

Since it launched in 2004, the popular BBC1 Saturday night programme has been tarnished by its reputation for splitting up married couples.

But in an unusual twist, mother-of-three Helen is rumoured to be using her new role to find happiness again.

After Loose Women host Christine Lampard brought up the upcoming additions to the Strictly cast and Helen’s quest for love, a shocked Janet said: ‘Helen Skelton has said this? That she’s looking for love on a TV show?’ 

'She sounds too needy': BBC Countryfile presenter Helen, 29, has reportedly signed up to the hit dancing series in a bid to find new love - leaving Janet, 75, with a lot to say

‘She sounds too needy’: BBC Countryfile presenter Helen, 29, has reportedly signed up to the hit dancing series in a bid to find new love – leaving Janet, 75, with a lot to say

The Loose Women was asked by fellow panelist Denise Welch, 64, why she thinks it’s so bad.

Janet continued: ‘I just think it’s revealing too much. It just makes me anxious for her that she’s revealed too much. She sounds too needy.

‘The last place I’d look for love would be on a TV show’. 

Christine argued: ‘But it happens, it actually does happen with really quite long relationships.’

On the Strictly curse, Denise added: ‘Well if you’re working that closely with people, really up close and personal for sometimes 12 hours a day, sparks will fly…’

The star, who was left devastated earlier this year when her husband Richie Myler ended their eight-year marriage, is said to be ‘super excited’ at the prospect that she could find a partner on the show

The star, who was left devastated earlier this year when her husband Richie Myler ended their eight-year marriage, is said to be ‘super excited’ at the prospect that she could find a partner on the show

A source close to Helen told the Daily Mail on Tuesday that ‘this is quite the opposite of the Strictly curse. Helen has already lost the love of her life, now she wants to find a new one.

‘She cannot wait to get stuck into it all, she has been through the most difficult of times, so this is going to open so many doors for her.

‘The negotiations have been going on for some time but the BBC are delighted that they have managed to get Helen on board. They think it’s going to be great, and so does Helen.

‘She is going to make the best of this, and enjoy it.’

Curse: Since 2004 Strictly has been tarnished by its reputation for splitting up married couples but in an unusual twist Helen is using her new role to find happiness again leaving Janet (left) adding: 'The last place I'd look for love would be on a TV show' (pictured right Denise Welch)

Curse: Since 2004 Strictly has been tarnished by its reputation for splitting up married couples but in an unusual twist Helen is using her new role to find happiness again leaving Janet (left) adding: ‘The last place I’d look for love would be on a TV show’ (pictured right Denise Welch) 

The BBC yesterday refused to comment on the signing but is expected to make the announcement on Friday. 

Former Blue Peter presenter Helen will become one of the better known faces of the forthcoming Strictly series. on Tuesday the BBC announced the signing of comedian Ellie-Jayne Taylor.

Also on the roster is comic Jayde Adams, Radio 2 travel reader Richie Anderson, actor Will Mellor, actress Kym Marsh, ex-Bros singer Matt Goss and Loose Women panellist Kaye Adams.

In April Helen revealed that she and rugby player Myler, 31, had split after he moved out of their home. She wrote on Instagram: ‘Very sad to say Richie and I are no longer a couple. He has left the family home. We will be doing our best to co-parent our small children.’

Neither Helen or Myler said what was the reason behind the split. Shortly after, it was revealed that Myler was in a relationship with Stephanie Thirkill, 32, whose father Andrew is president of the Leeds Rhinos rugby team for which he plays.

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