Jamie Laing addresses BBC Radio 1 backlash admitting he's been trying to land role for eight years

Jamie Laing has hit back at the criticism he faced after joining BBC Radio 1, insisting that he’s been trying to land a job at the station for eight years.

In February, it was announced that the former Made In Chelsea star would replace Jordan North on the drivetime slot, Going Home, alongside Vick Hope and Katie Thisleton.

North left the broadcaster after a decade on-air and was later confirmed as the new presenter of Capital Breakfast Show.

However, BBC Radio 1 listeners were far from pleased that Laing would be joining the weekday line-up, with some insisting they would boycott the network, claiming the station had “turned into the posh boys club” on social media.

Reacting to the criticism, Laing told Good Morning Britain presenters Rob Rinder and Charlotte Hawkins on Friday’s show that he has been trying to land a slot with the radio station for years.

Addressing the backlash, he shared: “I was doing Made In Chelsea back in the day and then people sort of think maybe I got to do Radio 1 because I was on a reality show.

Laing on Friday’s Good Morning Britain (ITV)
Laing on Friday’s Good Morning Britain (ITV)

“And I would probably think that's unfair, right? I suppose for me, I've been trying to work towards that for eight years, doing little trials.

“Doing a stint when Mollie King, lovely Mollie King was on maternity leave. And they finally sort of offered me the job, hopefully, I'm doing an ok job, I think.”

Rinder then interjected, adding: “And the reaction has been great, the answer is it might get you into the door to be a little well known but it doesn't get you to stay there. But it doesn't get you to stay there.”

To which Laing said in agreement: “Oh it doesn't.”

Prior to starting his new radio gig, the former reality TV star stated it was wrong to think that he “just swanned in”.

He told The Sunday Times: “No one is given a job here because their mum or dad helped them into it. You have to earn your colours.”