Kelly to Clooney: 'Stop Phoning me at Work'

It would be enough to throw even the most seasoned presenters off, but not Scots TV star, Lorraine Kelly, who had the presence of mind to make a joke of her mobile phone ringing during a live broadcast, yesterday morning on ITV, by claiming that the call was from Hollywood heartthrob, George Clooney.

The Scottish Daily Mail picks up the story on page 9 with the headline, ‘Live on TV, the phone-in show that Lorraine hadn’t planned’. Writes Maureen Culley: “After more than 25 years on our TV screens, it was the kind of rookie mistake that nobody would have expected her to make. But in the midst of a live interview yesterday morning, Lorraine Kelly’s mobile phone rang – leaving the presenter a little red-faced.”

In an attempt to spare her blushes Kelly brushed off the phone call as an unwanted advance from an overly persistent admirer – George Clooney. She told the audience, “It’s George Clooney,” before telling the caller, “I’m really sorry George – stop phoning me at work.”

The Scottish Sun, who Kelly writes a regular column for, also carries the tale (page 15) with the irresistible pun: ‘Lorraine Call-y’. The paper reports that the presenter’s quip “had viewers in stitches”.

Kelly later revealed via her Twitter feed that the call was actually from from a taxi firm to arrange her pick-up. The presenter wrote: “My phone went live on show today! I pretended it was George Clooney but it was taxi taking me to station as I am off to Manchester!!”