Towie’s Ab Fab, sweetie ...so don’t be a snob Jennifer Saunders!

Towie’s Ab Fab, sweetie ...so don’t be a snob Jen!

It’s entertainment – Mick Norcross has defended the Only Way Is Essex

Comedian Jennifer Saunders

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FORMER the Only Way Is Essex favourite Mick Norcross has blasted Jennifer Saunders for saying she would rather shoot herself than watch the “despicable” show.

The comedian and writer, 55, said Towie and other constructed reality shows, including Made in Chelsea, were misleading viewers by arrogantly pretending they reflected real life.

Ab Fab’s creator told the Radio Times: “I would rather shoot myself than watch either.

“I find them both horrid. The way those programmes make people behave is despicable.

“The whole conceit that it’s real life is, by any stretch of the imagination, ridiculous.”

However, Mr Norcross, 49, who featured in the show until last year, said Jennifer’s scathing attack was just a cheap pop for publicity. He said: “What do you expect from an entertainment show?

“She fully appreciates what entertainment is about.

“It’s not a reality show and everyone knows that, and if there’s a genuine relationship then the producers want to hook in on that because it’s good viewing.

“With some of the youngsters they are happy to go along to get more airtime.

“Maybe Jennifer Saunders is lacking a bit of airtime herself.

Maybe she wants to bring herself to the forefront as she has a new show out.”

Asked if he had taken part in any “fake” storylines himself, Mick, who lives in Bulphan and plans to revamp the Grand Hotel in Leigh, said: “From my own experience the show has been based on my business – the Sugar Hut in Brentwood – and my family.

“I might have been guided towards certain things I wouldn’t necessarily do if I wasn’t on television, but only light-hearted things.

“I don’t know why people take a swipe at it. It’s very successful.

“It’s being shown in 74 countries and they couldn’t be buying into it if it was rubbish.”

The eleventh series of the show starts on ITV2 on Sunday, February 23.

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9:11am Sun 16 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

The comedian and writer, 55, said Towie and other constructed reality shows, including Made in Chelsea, were misleading viewers by arrogantly pretending they reflected real life.

Ab Fab’s creator told the Radio Times: “I would rather shoot myself than watch either.

____________
i think she has it spot on

_____________

However, Mr Norcross, 49, who featured in the show until last year, said Jennifer’s scathing attack was just a cheap pop for publicity. He said: “What do you expect from an entertainment show?

_________
says Mick...whilst holding a bottle of pomagne.

says Mick.... who is always on the Echo website claiming works about to start..
The comedian and writer, 55, said Towie and other constructed reality shows, including Made in Chelsea, were misleading viewers by arrogantly pretending they reflected real life. Ab Fab’s creator told the Radio Times: “I would rather shoot myself than watch either. ____________ i think she has it spot on _____________ However, Mr Norcross, 49, who featured in the show until last year, said Jennifer’s scathing attack was just a cheap pop for publicity. He said: “What do you expect from an entertainment show? _________ says Mick...whilst holding a bottle of pomagne. says Mick.... who is always on the Echo website claiming works about to start.. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 17

9:14am Sun 16 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Top post.

Who really cares what this publicity hungry twerp thinks about anything?

Just another excuse to get his grizzled mush in the papers.
Top post. Who really cares what this publicity hungry twerp thinks about anything? Just another excuse to get his grizzled mush in the papers. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 15

10:11am Sun 16 Feb 14

Rich,..Carol says...

We are not all not stupid and know TOWIE is not real life, Its only watched by young kids without a brain but it makes money and that's what life is about. I don't know any adult that watches it but theres loads of dopey 14 to 25 year old children that watch it so its a decent money spinner. I put it on when it first started and thought how pathetic and unreal but I would have liked to have some of the money it has made for these people.
We are not all not stupid and know TOWIE is not real life, Its only watched by young kids without a brain but it makes money and that's what life is about. I don't know any adult that watches it but theres loads of dopey 14 to 25 year old children that watch it so its a decent money spinner. I put it on when it first started and thought how pathetic and unreal but I would have liked to have some of the money it has made for these people. Rich,..Carol
  • Score: -4

11:27am Sun 16 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Mick wrote:
“Maybe Jennifer Saunders is lacking a bit of airtime herself."


Although not a fan of her myself ..But i doubt That.
Mick wrote: “Maybe Jennifer Saunders is lacking a bit of airtime herself." Although not a fan of her myself ..But i doubt That. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 15

12:03pm Sun 16 Feb 14

EssexPerson says...

Through my line of work I had the displeasure of being forced to meet a number of the "stars" from the earlier series' I can tell you what an arrogant rude bunch they are.
I've only ever watch 5 minutes of that show and wanted to jam my head in a vice whilst having a hot poker shoved in my eyes and ears.
This type of show is a bad influence of kids, thinking they can spurn education and be famous and rich by being stupid.
Through my line of work I had the displeasure of being forced to meet a number of the "stars" from the earlier series' I can tell you what an arrogant rude bunch they are. I've only ever watch 5 minutes of that show and wanted to jam my head in a vice whilst having a hot poker shoved in my eyes and ears. This type of show is a bad influence of kids, thinking they can spurn education and be famous and rich by being stupid. EssexPerson
  • Score: 21

5:15pm Sun 16 Feb 14

emcee says...

Now, let me see. Who is more qualified to to judge the quality of entertainment, someone with a massive entertainment and writing pedigree, built up over decades or some jumped up faux reality has-been?

If Mr Norcross wants to throw his dummy at someone, he should at least make sure the person he throws it does not have miles more respect and standing in the entertainment industry that he ever will, because that dummy has just bounced back and hit him in the eye. Who on earth does he think he is?
Now, let me see. Who is more qualified to to judge the quality of entertainment, someone with a massive entertainment and writing pedigree, built up over decades or some jumped up faux reality has-been? If Mr Norcross wants to throw his dummy at someone, he should at least make sure the person he throws it does not have miles more respect and standing in the entertainment industry that he ever will, because that dummy has just bounced back and hit him in the eye. Who on earth does he think he is? emcee
  • Score: 20

1:30pm Mon 17 Feb 14

LilyEssex says...

Rich,..Carol wrote:
We are not all not stupid and know TOWIE is not real life, Its only watched by young kids without a brain but it makes money and that's what life is about. I don't know any adult that watches it but theres loads of dopey 14 to 25 year old children that watch it so its a decent money spinner. I put it on when it first started and thought how pathetic and unreal but I would have liked to have some of the money it has made for these people.
"14 - 25 year old Children" I think you need to have a little word with yourself. Noone that is 25 is classed as a child.
"its only watched by young kids without a brain" I would say it is yourself that doesnt have a brain with comments like the above.
[quote][p][bold]Rich,..Carol[/bold] wrote: We are not all not stupid and know TOWIE is not real life, Its only watched by young kids without a brain but it makes money and that's what life is about. I don't know any adult that watches it but theres loads of dopey 14 to 25 year old children that watch it so its a decent money spinner. I put it on when it first started and thought how pathetic and unreal but I would have liked to have some of the money it has made for these people.[/p][/quote]"14 - 25 year old Children" I think you need to have a little word with yourself. Noone that is 25 is classed as a child. "its only watched by young kids without a brain" I would say it is yourself that doesnt have a brain with comments like the above. LilyEssex
  • Score: -2

4:11pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

I think there's plenty of people who would agree with Jennifer Saunders.

TOWIE is for vacuous airheads with nobbish dress sense orange skin and dodgy haircuts who think it's reem. When its tote crapballs reslly. Reality ? My bottle and glass.....
I think there's plenty of people who would agree with Jennifer Saunders. TOWIE is for vacuous airheads with nobbish dress sense orange skin and dodgy haircuts who think it's reem. When its tote crapballs reslly. Reality ? My bottle and glass..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

10:18am Tue 18 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

Well I think we are mostly in agreement apart from one who apparently likes having her brains mangled on a regular basis by a bunch of airheads with egos the size of Bournemouth.

Nope, let's face it, watching these arrogant tangerine skinned scutters parading around in front of a TV camera is somewhere akin to watching paint dry whilst listening to a LibDem party broadcast.

And who does this Johnny Come Lately think he is anyway?

The only people who care about this TV travesty are those who have had their brains extracted for scientific research - and people who aspire to be famous for being famous. Same thing.

Jennifer Saunders is a talented actress, writer and producer, not some jumped up Mockney with about as much class as a shell suit at Ascot.
Well I think we are mostly in agreement apart from one who apparently likes having her brains mangled on a regular basis by a bunch of airheads with egos the size of Bournemouth. Nope, let's face it, watching these arrogant tangerine skinned scutters parading around in front of a TV camera is somewhere akin to watching paint dry whilst listening to a LibDem party broadcast. And who does this Johnny Come Lately think he is anyway? The only people who care about this TV travesty are those who have had their brains extracted for scientific research - and people who aspire to be famous for being famous. Same thing. Jennifer Saunders is a talented actress, writer and producer, not some jumped up Mockney with about as much class as a shell suit at Ascot. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

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