Steph McGovern opens up on scary stalker as shes tipped to replace Holly Willoughby on This Morning

TV presenter Steph McGovern has opened up about her terrifying ordeal with a stalker who even contacted her family members.

The 41-year-old currently hosts Steph's Packed Lunch, but Channel 4 has recently announced it will be axed at the end of the year.

The star says that during her time working for the BBC, in which she presented such shows as Watchdog and BBC Breakfast, one viewer became obsessed with her.

Steph said that the man even went as far as to contact her parents and claimed that he was in a relationship with her.

She told the Express: "I had a stalker when I was at the BBC. It was just some guy turning up everywhere I went.

"He ended up writing to my family, saying he was in a relationship with me. It was really crazy, but BBC security dealt with it. I think they told him to go away, there were no charges. Once he was told to stop, he did."

"It was frightening when it went to my parents, as I did not know how he found out where they lived. Sadly, I think it comes with the job, as that is part of the success of being on TV," she added.

She added that it can be 'scary' knowing that being on the telly means 'somebody out there can take it too far.'

Steph is now a front-runner to replace Holly Willoughby on This Morning. OK! contacted ITV for comment.

Steph chose not to address the news that her show is being axed after three years while she was last on air.

Instead, on the latest episode, she continued as normal, cheerfully beginning the programme, saying: "Now, later we'll be having a chat with 11-year-old George, who had to deliver his baby sister. He's the son of our Lunchmate Danny and step-mum Sophie; they've got the baby with them!"

She added: "Also on the show, we're back with Between the Sheets with Naked Attraction's Anna Richardson to solve more relationship dilemmas."

On Thursday, Channel 4 released a statement on its decision to cancel the programme.

It said: "Steph has not only made the nation's lunchtimes more entertaining and brilliantly reflected the views and preoccupations of the country, but the show has also been an outstanding springboard for developing local talent behind the scenes.

"However, with audience habits changing quicker than ever, we have to make difficult decisions about which programmes to invest in to best drive our digital-first strategy, and we have decided not to recommission 'Steph's Packed Lunch' when its existing production contract ends in December 2023."

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