Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing hits back at "unfair" BBC Radio 1 backlash

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Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing has responded to his critics after landing a co-hosting job on BBC Radio 1.

Jamie recently replaced Jordan North on the radio station after Jordan decided to switch over to Capital FM's Breakfast Show. However, the announcement received some backlash from listeners who were unhappy at the idea of the reality TV personality teaming up with Vick Hope and Katie Thistleton.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, presenters Rob Rinder and Charlotte Hawkins brought up the subject of Laing's controversial appointment.

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"I don't think it seems unfair," he said.

"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. 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."

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Rob said how being "a little well-known" can work in your favour in terms of opening certain doors, "but it doesn't get you to stay there".

"Oh, it doesn't," Jamie said.

Back in February, Jamie addressed his new role, saying on Instagram: "I've always loved music and radio and like most of us I grew up listening and being a Radio 1 fan, so to be joining the BBC Radio 1 family officially feels unreal."

Made in Chelsea airs on E4.

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