Steph McGovern reacts after viewer accuses BBC of ‘dumbing down’ show in host complaint

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Steph McGovern, who fronts her self-titled Channel 4 show Packed Lunch, returned to the BBC to present the Friday night comedy panel show Have I Got News For You. This is not the small-screen star’s first time fronting the show, as the mum-of-one revealed she has hosted the programme a total of seven times.

The 38-year-old has since taken to the micro-blogging site and fired back at a social media user who accused the BBC programme of “dumbing down”.

It comes after Steph shared her delight at a return to take the reins and present the panel show.

In view of her 413,000 followers, the Channel 4 presenter penned: “Tonight I’m hosting Have I Got News For You on @BBCOne at 9pm.

“I can’t believe it’s my 7th time in the host’s chair! I love doing it, not least because of the fab team I get to work with who put the show together. #HIGNFY.”

While viewers shared their delight at seeing Steph on the show, one user took aim at the presenter.

The person in question wrote: “@haveigotnews joining the rest of @programmes in dumbing down big time with @StephLunch? Sad times!”

Steph slammed the troll’s remark as she issued a swift comeback.

She wrote: “You’re slow to the party Mike, it’s my 7th time hosting the show. You should have got your ‘dumbing down’ complaint in a bit earlier sweetheart.”

The social media user went on to say they had assumed the former BBC Breakfast presenter was no longer fronting Steph’s Packed Lunch, which she shutdown.

“No I’m still there, thanks. Just started the second series. Thanks for asking though. How’s the trolling going?” Steph fired back.

Despite the comment, Steph had been inundated with support about her time on Have I Got News For You.

One penned: “So glad to see that you are hosting tonight’s HIGNFY. You are one of my favourite hosts for this show!”

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Another remarked: “You love doing it and we love it when you do…..everyone wins.”

“I adore #HIGNFY it is hilarious. It gave me a few belly laughs tonight. Thought you were ace and very funny,” a third wrote.

The Steph’s Packed Lunch presenter shared a series of snaps of herself from the episode, during which she wore a blue sky-inspired jumper covered in a white cloud print.

Meanwhile, the Channel 4 presenter hinted at a possible reunion with her former BBC Breakfast co-star Carol Kirkwood.

Taking to Twitter, Steph shared a gift she received from her ex-colleague and pal and revealed it was the first look at the weather forecaster’s new book titled Under a Greek Moon.

Steph tweeted: “So proud of my very talented mate @carolkirkwood,” accompanied with a photo of her reading the novel.

A fan wrote: “You will have to get Carol on your show.”

Steph replied: “Definitely.”

Have I Got News For You airs Fridays on BBC One at 9pm.

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