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Live webchat with Holly Willoughby and her sister Kelly, Wednesday 19 June, 2-3pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Jun-13 08:57:26

Holly Willoughby and sister Kelly are joining us for a webchat on Wednesday 19th June at 2-3pm.  Holly and Kelly always dreamt of writing a story together since their childhood when they would make up stories and dress up and perform for their parents. Their dream has come true as their first book School for Stars: First Term at L'etoile is being published on 20th June. Set in a performing arts boarding school, the story is a perfect mix ofGlee and X Factor but with all the classic charm of Ballet Shoes and Malory Towers; full of midnight feasts, makeovers, dares, drama and dance. 
Holly is best known for presenting ITV1's flagship daytime programme This Morning as well as prime-time shows Surprise Surprise and The Voice.  She won a Children's BAFTA award for best presenter in 2006. Kelly has always dreamt of being an author and is delighted to be realising her dream with her sister.
Come and chat to Holly and Kelly on Weds 19th at 2pm, but if you're unable to join us at that time, post your question in advance to this thread.

Holly and Kelly will also be signing copies of their new book after school next Thursday 20th June at 4.15pm in Harrods Toy Kingdom.  Find out more.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Wed 19-Jun-13 10:28:00

Le Regina

What about the children who google HW and watch the CJ Youtube clip? Then there's Sky plus, iplayer, etc. Not to mention the children who have tvs in their bedrooms and whose parents may not realise what they're watching.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Jun-13 10:30:37


MNHQ, please don't put Kelly's name in brackets, it makes her look less important. Its just rude and they wrote the book together. Please amend before she sees it.

Sorry for that. We have removed the brackets now.

AmyFarrahFowlerCooper Wed 19-Jun-13 10:34:46

Why is Holly responsible for that though? Isn't it the parents responsibility to supervise children properly when they access the Internet and to not allow a TV in their room if there's a chance they could access shows like CJ?

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Jun-13 10:36:04

Just a general reminder, folks, that one of our (very few) webchat rules is "do be civil/polite" to/about our guest: see rule 4 in red at the top <points sternly>

We don't mind at all (well, only a little bit) any criticism of our decision to put on this particular webchat but we do draw the line at personal attacks on Holly and her sister.

spottybanana Wed 19-Jun-13 10:37:18

Where are the personal attacks?

TheHandbagOfGlory Wed 19-Jun-13 10:37:26

Holly, I wonder if you are concerned about your children, when they are older, seeing the content of CJ? Especially when you have an advert for a smart phone where you express concern about what they have access to on it. They will at some point see clips of CJ, so how would you deal with that?

I dont see an issue with HW been on CJ. Its not for children. She is doing a show because she wants to and its for an adult audience. Its not her fault should children see it.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Wed 19-Jun-13 10:39:32

Of course parents have a responsibility but so does the media. Imo, it's unusual for a celebrity, on the one hand to write lovely childrens' books and on the other appear on a popular tv programme, talking about men spunking over her tits. I am genunely interested in what Holly has to say about this, rather than just wanting to have a go at her.

LaRegina Wed 19-Jun-13 10:40:48

Just and others - if I allowed my DC unsupervised access to the web, I would be concerned about them seeing much worse than than CJ confused

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Wed 19-Jun-13 10:41:22

Nobody has personally attacked HW. They are just asking her about her involvement in CJ.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Wed 19-Jun-13 10:43:29

LaRagina I wouldn't be happy for my 11 yo to watch CJ because the language is extremely graphic, but I guess if you wouldn't be concerned, that's your call.

spottybanana Wed 19-Jun-13 10:44:19

I don't see what is wrong with any of the questions from those who have questioned the validity or relevance of having this webchat - I too would love to hear HW respond to what JustGiveMeFiveMinutes has outlined.

There are plenty of us who have questions to ask of her in the roles she had claimed - businesswoman, writer, role model. We don't all want to tell her she's fluffy and that we love tea dresses too.

In fact, it is those of us who are being called 'rude' who are actually giving HW the opportunity to break out of her clichéd public image by offering her the chance to talk about such things rather than restrict her to the agenda usually imposed by the media surely?

LineRunner Wed 19-Jun-13 10:45:54

Just, Yes, I am interested in what I suppose you could call the cognitive dissonance angle, too.

I have also wondered the same about David Walliams. Some of his sketches (frotting the nan, for example) are not something I'd particularly want a young child fan to watch.

So I wonder how they themselves feel about it.

LaRegina Wed 19-Jun-13 10:48:00

Just I never said I wouldn't be concerned. I have strict parental controls on the pcs in my home, and on Sky TV, because I don't want them stumbling across anything that isn't age-appropriate for them.

I was simply making the point that if you allow your DC unsupervised access to youtube, you have a lot more to worry about that CJ.

Your posts are coming across as quite antagonistic you know.

ColinFirthsGirth Wed 19-Jun-13 10:51:18

I personally find Celebrity Juice very funny and I don't see a problem with Holly being on it - it is for adults not children. My children don't watch tv at this time of the evening nor do they have a TV in their bedrooms. They go on the internet when I am around and in the same room as them. It is the parents responsibility to not allow their children to see CJ if they don't want them to.

landofsoapandglory Wed 19-Jun-13 10:55:31

I love CJ, I watch it with my DC(16&18)!

Holly, which guest who has been on TM did you dislike the most?

PointeShoes Wed 19-Jun-13 10:56:37

Hello Holly and Kelly , I'm sure your book will do amazingly well, it sounds exactly what I would of read as a kid. I don't think you should have to justify yourselves to this lot at all. People like to judge whatever you do, I just think, Holly, you are being yourself and enjoying your career and wanted to say you are brilliant smile

Ps. I hope you are mumsnetter. But you are probably to cool for us.

fairisleknitter Wed 19-Jun-13 10:58:25

Colin, I have a teen and unfortunately by that stage you can't keep them away from the current mass culture, short of moving to a shack in Idaho!

Anyway back to HW and KW, lets give them the respect that they are able to field the (to my mind reasonable) questionds asked of them.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Wed 19-Jun-13 11:01:43

When Keith Lemon started his Saturday evening 'family' show the first guest he had on was a young lad who was his 'biggest fan.' Not sure exactly how old the boy was but he looked like he was early teens. The people making CJ now full well that young people will want to watch CJ because off KL's cartoon like appeal. I don't want my dc to watch it either but many parents, like LaRegina don't think it's too bad.

Historically, people involved in children's media realise they have a responsibility to young people who may want to read about their lives and look at other examples of their work. I know that my dc like to read up about people they admire, on the internet. HW obviously represents a shift in the media and their attitude to how they relate to children. I'm really interested to hear HW views.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Wed 19-Jun-13 11:03:19

I totally agree fairisleknitter

LaRegina Wed 19-Jun-13 11:14:20

Jeezus I never said CJ wasn't 'too bad'. I never said anything about it one way or the other - I don't actually watch it but have seen clips so I get the 'jist'.

<and breathe>

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Wed 19-Jun-13 11:19:34

You said there were worse things to worry about than CJ. I assumed you meant you didn't think CJ was too bad.

LaRegina Wed 19-Jun-13 11:21:24

No, I was just assuming that CJ wasn't actual hard core porn.

cleoowen Wed 19-Jun-13 11:21:30

I don't think hw should bear the responsibility if a young fan finds her on cj. It would not be her fault and she cannot be expected to make decisions about her career and which show she appears on just in case a young fan finds footage of her on cj.,I don't think that's,fair. That show is for adults and,the books are for children, surely she feels able to separate them. It's not like she is talking about/acting like things on cj during her daytime show or in
childrens magazines. Is she not allowed to do anything more risky because she write a Childers book?

Also, she started off as a children s TV presenter and now does cj and that doesn't seem to be a problem. Childend

cleoowen Wed 19-Jun-13 11:22:26

Wrote a children s book.

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