Clemmie Moodie

The Sun

Once again, Clemmie has led the way in showbiz reporting. She has broken scoop after scoop with both agenda-setting news stories and interviews by proxy of her direct and unrivalled relationships with household names. Front page stories over the past 12 months include Taylor Swift, the world’s biggest popstar, dating Matty Healy from the 1975 - Denise Welch’s son. She also revealed Vernon Kay would be replacing Ken Bruce on Radio 2 and interviewed Olly Murs who revealed he’d been dropped as a judge on ITV’s The Voice.

She also got the biggest showbiz interview of the year - Phillip Schofield’s first words after being sacked from This Morning. Having built up a relationship with the fallen presenter, Phillip personally contacted Clemmie and requested she conduct his first interview. The resulting 90 minute chat pulled no punches, and immediately went viral upon publication, followed-up across TV, newspapers, magazines and online. Indeed, it was even featured on the BBC 10 o’clock news. In the powerful and deeply moving interview, a clearly broken Schofield apologised for his actions - an inappropriate affair with a younger colleague - but insisted he was not a “groomer”. Clemmie extracted revelation after revelation. Phillip admitted the incident had left him suicidal, and detailed that he had, at one point, planned his own death. The broadcaster also discussed, for the first time, the breakdown of his friendship with co-presenter, Holly Willoughby. A filmed clip from their interview, of the star “frantically vaping” went viral on TikTok - engaging a whole new audience. The interview - followed-up by a touching first person piece - was widely credited with shifting public perception of Phillip Schofield.

This year, Clemmie has also been widely across the horrific, life-changing Freddie Flintoff car crash on Top Gear. After detailing, for the first time, the extent of his surgery-requiring injuries, in October she revealed the BBC had paid him an astonishing £9mn compensation settlement. This figure was confirmed by the corporation. The story got followed-up across both broadsheets and tabloids, and started a national debate on compensation culture - it also signalled the death knoll of Top Gear, a show which was once a British institution. Clemmie also broke the scandal that daytime TV favourite, Gino D’Acampo had been caught with cannabis on board Gordon Ramsay’s private jet, after filming popular ITV show, Gordon, Gino and Fred; Road Trip. She confirmed that Border Patrol had stopped him after sniffer dogs found hidden marijuana. Police confirmed he was cautioned and fined. In November, Clemmie followed this up with the front page story that Gino had been caught up in a terrifying crash on set in Vienna, causing filming of a new ITV show to be canned.