News presenter Jessica Rowe spoke at an anti-bullying conference in Sydney yesterday, recalling harsh and constant criticism she received during a “tumultuous” period when she moved from TEN to Nine (pictured).
Rowe said she would “collapse in a weeping heap” when she got home from work, reports the Daily Telegraph.
“The criticism, jibes and remarks continued in certain sections of the media for days, then weeks and then months on end,” she said. “I remember thinking, it can’t get much worse . . . and the following week it would.”
Rowe said she opened one “hideous piece of correspondence” and found critical newspaper clippings.
“I recall being shocked that someone who didn’t know me could be so mean-spirited and cruel,” she said. “I remember seeing the front cover of one of the television guides voting me the most annoying person on TV.
“It felt like the final straw and it made me wonder, ‘What had I ever done?’.”
Amid the constant spotlight, Rowe was always professional on air, fronting every day for work and pushing ahead with sheer determination. After her period at Nine she was later picked up by Seven.
Rowe broke down as she told of finding out she was pregnant “thanks to the miracle of IVF”.
She is expecting her second child in five weeks.
Source: Daily Telegraph