Former Changing Rooms star Carol Smillie takes swipe at bosses for excluding her
Former Changing Rooms star Carol Smilie has made a dig at the reboot’s bosses for not inviting her back to host the show.
The 59-year-old took to her Twitter account to like a series of tweets criticising the decision to leave her out of the reboot of the DIY hit.
She previously hosted the original BBC series from 1996 to 2003, but her co-presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen was the only one asked to return for Channel 4’s version.
Carol was first replaced by Davina McCall, who after being forced to pull out due to scheduling conflicts, was replaced by Anna Richardson, 50.
Messages Carol liked included a tweet saying read: “I’m upset @carolsmillie1 wasn’t on there.”
Another read: “You were very good in the show its a pity your not doing it.”
And the star responded with a string of laughing face emojis after one fan said they would not watch with Anna as host.
Laurence, 56, told The Sun last week bosses were right to replace her, adding: “It wouldn’t have worked if it had been Jurassic Park.
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"It had to be a reinvention.”
Carol has undergone a career change since leaving the show, currently working as a humanist celebrant.
She wed her first couple in 2019 after becoming a member of the Humanist Society Scotland the year before that.
A source told The Sun : “Carol hasn’t been approached by those behind the Changing Rooms reboot — even when Davina had to pull out. A lot of people thought she’d be the number one choice given her experience on the show before and because they were bringing back Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.
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“Some people close to Carol raised it and it was made clear to them that her nose had been put out of joint.
“It’s only natural she would feel that way. Carol was the heart and soul of Changing Rooms for years.
Wednesday’s opener, also starring married couple designers Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, attracted 1.4million viewers.
The show sees two sets of homeowners from the same neighbourhood taking on the task of renovating each other's homes.
To make the challenge even more difficult, they will also be up against the clock in order to get things done on schedule.
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