Yesterday, former model and supposed tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri was back in the news, suggesting she knew rather more about alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and his “secrets” than she had previously let on. She had been a “confidante” of Bozo The Clown for four years, the inference being that she and he had enjoyed a very close relationship. Maybe even an intimate relationship.
Jennifer Arcuri ((c) ITV News)
So it was no surprise when ITV breakfast offering Good Morning Britain decided it would be a good idea to get her on the show and maybe spill some of those beans she appears to have been hoarding. However, and here we encounter a warning however, GMB has been here before. And the last time Ms Arcuri appeared on the show, she was tight-lipped but certainly not ashen-faced. And substantially better off as a result.
According to BuzzFeed News, and there hasn’t been any comeback on the claim, “The female tech entrepreneur at the centre of a brewing political scandal involving prime minister Boris Johnson was paid ‘low five-figures’ by ITV's Good Morning Britain to appear on the show on Monday, according to a source familiar with the matter”. So somewhere around the £15,000 to £20,000 mark. For saying very little.
Knowing what went before, one might have thought that this time round, there could have been a little more thought put into the interview. But that thought would have been misplaced, as former Screws and Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan showed once more why his appointment as GMB co-host was not because of his interviewing skills.
So, as the Mirror has observed of Ms Arcuri, “She had taken to GMB to blast his treatment of her in the past few months, with her claiming he hung up on her last weekend when she made contact … But as GMB hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid continued to ask her to admit whether or not her past relationship with Boris was a romantic one, she hinted this was the case but refused to confirm”. No more than she told ITV News previously.
Taken the hint yet, Piers?
The absence of any new information - just the constant bleating that Bozo had cut her off when she called him, that she’d been fed to the press pack, and her alleged friendship discarded - was not lost on Lorraine Kelly, whose show follows GMB.
The Mirror noted “With Jennifer and Lorraine both on-screen via a split screen, the host told her she thought it was pointless her even being on … Looking pretty annoyed she said: ‘What's the point in you coming on air to clear the air and not saying anything.’ … Jennifer remarked: ‘I believe I said a few things. What was it that you were looking for that I didn’t say?’ [Lorraine] said: ‘You didn't answer any of the questions put to you, I don’t see the point of you being on’”. Perhaps it was about the money. Again.
Ms Arcuri said no more to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire later in the morning. All of which suggests that (a) this is another self-promotion exercise, and that (b) whatever beans she is ready to spill may not be volunteered to any UK media outlet. And given UK media outlets’ tendency to hush up what might harm their pal Bozo, she would be right.
Jennifer Arcuri might yet cause Bozo significant discomfort. But she will do it on her terms, and not on Good Morning Britain. Just in case they didn’t get the hint last time.
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