“Sometimes you’re on a rollercoaster” Laura Whitmore on why she left MTV

The star worked on the entertainment channel for 7 years.

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Laura Whitmore has opened up about the decision to quit working with MTV after seven years.

The presenter began working with the entertainment network when she was 23 after winning a competition called Pick Me MTV, but in 2015 she decided to finish up.

“I suddenly realised I’d become a pop channel dinosaur,” she said.

The Bray native added that she found the fast-paced life in London very hectic.

“I just got sick of the London lifestyle. It was a bit of a bubble and fast-paced. Sometimes you are on this treadmill or rollercoaster and you don’t know what the end goal is.

“I just wanted to go back to basics and experiment with different things.”

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Laura with boyfriend Iain Stirling


Laura left MTV when she was 30, and says that age was a factor in her decision to leave after older than her was let go.

“I just got old, they hadn’t realised. One of the guys was let go from the job — basically, it was something to do with being too old — and I was older than him!

“They got a younger guy in and I went ‘oh’, not that they were being ageist. They never said anything about my age. I think they all thought I was much younger than I am.

The 33-year-old was chatting to Nadine O’Regan on her Songs in the Key of Life show, which was sadly cancelled this month.

“The only reason I said I was leaving was because they give you a big party, and one of those MTV awards. I really wanted one of them, and now it’s on my mantelpiece at home.”

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