Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly dismiss Twitter trolls

2nd Dec 16 | Entertainment News

Claudia Winkleman struggles with her busy work schedule, but she thinks her job is so easy that she's not allowed to be overwhelmed.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly don't take any notice of Twitter trolls.

The duo find themselves subjected to nasty abuse on the social media site on a regular basis due to their presenting of BBC talent show Strictly Come Dancing. However, while many would struggle to cope with the torrent of criticism, Tess and Claudia have made a pact not to let it get to them.

"Most women love and support other women. So three people on Twitter - probably men - saying "I bet they don't like each other" doesn't bother us," Claudia told Red magazine.

"Claude and I put the world to rights!" Tess added. "Despite our obvious differences, we're similar in lots of ways. Our priority is our families.

"Of course, our work defines us, and we love other things but, ultimately, family is our world. All my relationships with women are empowering. That support is vital because you don't get it elsewhere."

As well as the star-studded line-up for Strictly, the show often finds itself hitting headlines due to the "Strictly curse" - it seems that each year a few relationships break up when stars get close to their professional partners.

But one person who's never aware of fledgling romances is Claudia.

"It is very intimate to dance!" she said. "The celebrity and pro develop a fascinating and incredibly close bond. But I never know anything (about who's sleeping with whom). I find out four years later!"

Claudia took on the role hosting alongside Tess when former presenter Bruce Forsyth had to step down because of health issues.

She had to give up her role hosting Film 2016 on BBC One to take on the Strictly position, and admits her busy schedule had left her "completely overwhelmed".

"I'd call my husband on Christmas Eve from the floor of John Lewis crying my eyes out because I hadn't got anything for the kids and I'd missed the nativity play. I need to be more present, because I don't want to miss the nativity again," she said.

"But, look, I just read out loud for a living. Most of my friends are doctors or lawyers, people I went to university with, they're on the train at 7am and don't get home until 7pm. They work bl**dy hard, and they're allowed to be overwhelmed. I don't think I'm allowed, really."

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