Steph McGovern, 37, was called out for a surprising move while she presented a segment from a car on Watchdog. The BBC Breakfast star was interviewing a cab driver named Bernard who lost thousands of pounds because his bank security wasn’t strong enough. The duo were filmed sitting together in the back of a stationary taxi with their seat belts on as Bernard opened up about the incident. Steph retweeted a clip from the episode in view of her 378,000 followers yesterday from Watchdog’s official Twitter account.
She added the caption: “Bernard lost his life savings because of a bank fraud that wasn’t his fault…..find out what happened…..8pm @BBCOne #WatchdogLive.”
However, in spite of the emotional story, fans seemed to be distracted by one surprising element included in the clip.
Some were bemused about why Steph and Bernard were strapped into the vehicle with seat belts when it wasn’t moving.
One Twitter user commented: “Well done… but why were you wearing seat belts? @stephbreakfast.”
The journalist was quick to clarify the reason behind the move, as she revealed the rules which are in place while filming in cars.
She explained: “Because whenever I’m in a car filming I have to.
“Bit of an overkill on safety but they’re the rules…”
In spite of Steph’s explanation, another quizzed the star: “Why are you both wearing seat belts lol isn’t he the driver?”(sic)
The pregnant presenter responded by admitting the programme was trying to avoid complaints.
She wrote back: “I know! It was just in case anyone complained.
“#safetyfirst (even when we don’t need it),” she added alongside a crying with laughter emoji.
In an unearthed interview from 2016, she addressed how being a celebrity had affected her financially.
When asked whether she had ever been paid “silly money per hour” for a job, the presenter told ThisIsMoney.co.uk: “Since becoming a BBC Breakfast presenter I have been paid four-figure sums for doing hour-long speeches for associations and at awards dinners.
“That has been an eye-opener,” Steph admitted.
“I am surprised by how much people are willing to pay TV celebrities to do that kind of stuff.”
Watchdog airs Thursdays at 8pm on BBC One.