BBC presenter reveals stalker ordeal left him 'terrified' and says he is bombarded with X-rated pics | The Sun
A TOP BBC presenter has opened up on their "terrifying" secret stalker experience.
Welshman Gethin Jones, 45, first came to the public’s attention as a presenter for Blue Peter back in 2005.
Yet despite being a darling of BBC children's TV on-screen, he was facing a trauma off the box.
Morning Live host Gethin has now opened up on the ordeal to the Rig Biz podcast.
When he was asked if he had ever experienced having a stalker, he answered in the affirmative.
He said: “I did, back in Blue Peter. It was weird to the point where I had some security, which I thought was a lot.
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"But they felt… obviously they knew stuff I didn’t.
"You know, you go and do your job every day thinking that’s it, and then for whatever reason."
Gethin added: "I think it’s interesting on telly, the medium of TV is really powerful, and people think they know you really well and there’s occasions where you maybe don’t get back to someone because you just don’t, because you don’t know them and they find that offensive.
"And there are people who have got all sorts of issues as well, so you’ve got to be really careful."
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Meanwhile, off-screen Gethin is well known for his high profile romances.
His most famous ex has to be Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and the former couple were even engaged.
Yet he is now believed to be single – and some fans appear to have taken this as a sign to send him inappropriate images.
Gethin told the podcast: "I get a lot of d**k pics.
"Honestly, you get all kinds on there. I tend not to go it [social media] too much, but then you do open it sometimes. or ‘view photo’ and you think, ‘Do I want to view this photo or not?’
"Sometimes it’s really nice, like a charity thing and you want to help, and other times you’re like, ‘Ugh, that’s not what I was expecting.’"
Back on-screen, Gethin has seen huge success since his Blue Peter days.
In 2007 he took part in series five of Strictly Come Dancing, reaching the semi-finals with his professional dance partner, Camilla Dallerup.
In 2015, Gethin returned to the glamour of the ballroom when he hosted Dancing With The Stars: All Access, the spin off show to the US version of Strictly.
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Gethin has stepped in to host Strictly spin-off It Takes Two to cover for illness from regular hosts Zoe Ball and Rylan Clark-Neal.
He has also been fronting BBC One's week day show Morning Live since 2020.
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