Steph McGovern, who announced she is pregnant with her first child with her girlfriend at the weekend, hit out at a viewer earlier this week after they slammed her pronunciation of certain words.
The BBC Breakfast star uploaded a screen shot of an email the person, named Trevor, had sent to her, which criticised how she says the word “here” and told her to not put on a “posh accent”.
The upload caused a frenzy online, with many of Steph’s Twitter 362,000 Twitter followers backing her in the argument.
One fan said to her: “Steph you are one of the only people on my telly that speak properly. #Teessider.”
I have a signed pic of on my fridge
They continued: “Unless the email is in fact from Sir Trevor McDonald then I would pay it no attention. If it is from him then Sir Trev is worth listening to on talking well.”
Steph went on to reveal a secret about the 79-year-old former ITV newsreader, revealing she keeps him close to her heart.
The pregnant star replied: “It is def not Sir Trev #allhailSirTrev (who incidentally I have a signed pic of on my fridge).”
The email, which came with the subject title “Pronunciation”, read: “Hi Steph, please don’t get me wrong, I like you and think you do a very good job and I’m not being patronising there.
“Your accent doesn’t bother me apart from one word that you mangle.”
The person, named Trevor, explained: “‘Here’. You say ‘Heyah’.”
He said: “Sorry, but could you please just say here as one syllable. You don’t have to put on a posh accent.”
“Just say the word as it’s meant to be said,” Trevor added, before ending the email: “Thank you.”
Steph told him to “syllable off” as she replied: “This email has really made me laugh.
“Two thoughts: 1) Can anyone say the word ‘here’ with one syllable? Try it. I’m curious.
“2) Despite what Trev thinks, how I say the word ‘here’ IS all about my accent so he can one syllable off. #syllablejunkie.”
Elsewhere, Steph has been inundated with messages of congratulations after announcing her pregnancy at the weekend.
She tweeted to her fans: ”I see my news is out! Yep, I am no longer with pot belly……I am now with child #babyonboard.”
Steph, who has recently said she’s had a “rough start” in her pregnancy journey, received a message from Rachel Riley welcoming her to the “preggo club”.
The Countdown favourite tweeted to the BBC Breakfast business reporter: “Welcome to the preggo club. You’ll love it, we have biscuits!”
While Good Morning Britain presenter, Susanna Reid, wrote: “Huge congratulations Steph – so excited for you.”
BBC Breakfast airs on BBC One from 6am.
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