Petulant creep Dan Wootton of the Murdoch Sun was deeply offended at the rebuke he received from proper journalist Stacey Dooley after he suggested, looking over the roster of hopefuls for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, that nobody had heard of her. She had only fronted several series of documentaries and been awarded an MBE along the way. Wootton hadn’t done his homework (again). But it wasn’t his fault.
The embittered Murdoch goon decided on his usual course of action: a series of vindictive smears against Ms Dooley, none of them based upon such inconveniences as facts. These culminated in a slice of knocking copy designed to sway viewers into withholding their support during the all-important final, when their votes would choose the winner.
“STACEY Dooley has been branded a ‘massive diva’ by Strictly crew after making demands backstage ahead of the final. The BBC3 presenter, 31, ordered staff to go and buy her a new outfit on Thursday morning ahead of a radio and press conference appearance even though all the shops were closed - after she failed to follow the instructions given to her” claimed the article, which Wootton delegated to a gofer.
And who gave the Sun this gem of non-information? “A TV source said: ‘Stacey turned up for an appearance on Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show at eight in the morning but hadn’t brought anything glamorous to wear as asked by bosses’”. A TV source called Dan Wootton, who made it up. But do go on. “Sources close to Strictly have also claimed that staff on the BBC1 series have ‘fallen out of love’ with the telly star in recent weeks because of her behaviour backstage”. Sources close to the petulant creep, you mean.
Oh, and “The Sun revealed last week how Stacey’s boyfriend Sam, 30, was insanely jealous of her relationship with pro partner Kevin Clifton, 36, on the show”. That was made up rubbish, too. As those who knew Strictly confirmed, like Matt Bagwell of the HuffPost: “This is what happens when you refuse to answer a q from The Sun at the #Strictly press conference. Utter tosh”. Kevin Clifton, Ms Dooley’s dance partner, concurred: “Yep”.
Was she a “diva”? Suzanne Carmony was dismissive: “Oh please. Thats just some hack from a rag newspaper venting their jealousy because she’s a better investigative journalist than them”. Rebecca Roffe was not put off supporting Ms Dooley. “I already loved her but her refusal to answer a question from the S*n just makes me want to vote for @StaceyDooley and @keviclifton even more!” And then she WON the final.
Bagwell observed “What a brilliant final. Made up for Stacey and Kevin. And good to see that made up bullshit headline today had no effect whatsoever *blows raspberry*”. Yes, it was the Sun wot lost it! But even then, Wootton and his gofers could not let it drop. So readers have now been told “JAMES Jordan has called Strictly Come Dancing winner Stacey Dooley a ‘complete mess’”. Sun people, you lost. Get over it.
Perhaps when Dan Wootton is next considered for one of those back-slapping awards that he so clearly does not merit, his track record of lying and smearing will be taken into account, and the gongs will be given to someone who actually deserves them.
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