Caroline Flack’s mother calls out Lorraine Kelly and Graham Norton for laughing about daughter’s career woes

Ellie Harrison
·2-min read

Caroline Flack’s mother Christine has called out Lorraine Kelly and Graham Norton for making digs at the star’s career woes in the years before her death.

In December 2019, Flack was charged with assault by beating after a fight with her boyfriend Lewis Burton at her flat, which she denied.

Shortly afterwards it was announced that she would no longer be presenting Love Island, which she had hosted for four years.

While discussing the future of Love Island and the rumours about Flack’s replacement on her ITV show, Kelly started laughing uncontrollably.

She told viewers: “As Caroline Flack steps down from Love Island, we’re finding out who’s going to replace her. Yes, that’s showbiz!”

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In a new documentary about the star, who later took her own life, her mother Christine says: “Just to laugh when it was the worst time in Carrie’s life and say, ‘That’s showbusiness.’ It should not be showbusiness.”

She also condemns Norton for a 2016 joke about Flack and Olly Murs being replaced as the hosts of The X Factor.

“I’m not saying the writing was on the wall for Caroline Flack,” Norton had said, “but you could get better odds of Anne Boleyn returning for the second series of Wolf Hall.”

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Christine says: “That really hurt her. I knew that was going to make her feel so bad. And that’s when I worried about her.”

The Independent has contacted representatives of Kelly and Norton for comment.

Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death will air on ITV on 17 March.

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