Gabby Logan: 'Being the face of ITV Sport went straight to my head'

Gabby Logan: ‘Being the face of ITV Sport in the 1990s went straight to my head’

  • Logan, 49, said she allowed TV fame to make her behave like an ‘a******e’
  • She would have lost herself in showbiz glitz had it not been for people around her
  • As one of the first female sports anchors on terrestrial TV, she joined ITV in 1998

Gabby Logan struck a blow for women everywhere when she became the first female to anchor ITV’s football coverage in the 1990s.

But the presenter has revealed how she allowed the trappings of fame to go to her head and ended up behaving like an ‘a******e’.

On Desert Island Discs, the mother-of-two said she would have lost herself in a world of showbiz glitz had it not been for the people around her.

The 49-year-old said: ‘No matter how you think you can cope with it and how well prepared you think you are, there are times when you get dangerously close to being what I describe as being an a*******.’

Gabby Logan has revealed how she allowed the trappings of fame to go to her head and ended up behaving like an ‘a******e’

‘I sailed quite close to the wind at times. I stepped into the world of a*******ness and then came back again very quickly because you have got enough good people around you who can pull you back in.’

Ms Logan added: ‘You are walking literally up red carpets and you are being sent things for free, people open doors to restaurants that you previously didn’t think you’d get into and [you are] given tables and just for what? Presenting a bit of sport on the telly. I think those things can turn your head a bit and if you haven’t got the right people around you then you can get lost in all of that.’

Ms Logan joined ITV from Sky Sports in 1998, to become one of the first female sports anchors on a terrestrial TV channel. But the bubble burst eight years later when the presenter was sacked.

She said: ‘It’s important to realise that not everybody has to like you in life. I had a boss who arrived at ITV who had been my boss at Sky who I immediately sensed didn’t really want me there any more…

On Desert Island Discs, the mother-of-two said she would have lost herself in a world of showbiz glitz had it not been for the people around her

‘I was slowly being dropped off quite major programmes.’

Logan, who is married to former rugby union star Kenny Logan, said matters came to a head in 2006 when she was dropped from that year’s coverage of the World Cup.

The first she knew that she had been sacked was when a well-meaning colleague told her he was sad to hear she was leaving.

Logan, who is married to former rugby union star Kenny Logan, said matters came to a head in 2006 when she was dropped from that year’s coverage of the World Cup

She said: ‘I was devastated because I wanted things to be on my terms like we all do and also, I felt that was the end.’

The presenter, who did not identify the boss in question, said she was now ‘grateful’ for the sacking because it led to her being recruited for a dream job at the BBC.

Desert Island Discs is on BBC Radio 4 today at 11.15am and will be repeated on Friday at 9am.

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