Steph McGovern: I’m much better off since I quit 'BBC Breakfast'

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  Steph McGovern attends the Sun's Who Cares Wins Awards 2021 at The Roundhouse on September 14, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/WireImage)
Steph McGovern said she is much better of since leaving the BBC. (Getty Images)

Steph McGovern has said quitting BBC Breakfast is the best financial decision of her life.

The 39-year-old TV presenter left the BBC in October 2019 after being given her own chat show on Channel 4 and said she is much better off now.

McGovern told the Daily Telegraph when asked her best financial decision: "Leaving the BBC and moving to Channel 4 to present Steph’s Packed Lunch. I’m much better off now."

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The presenter launched The Steph Show from home in 2020 during lockdown.

After two months she called time on the show and relaunched Steph’s Packed Lunch from a TV studio in Leeds, admitting she and her girlfriend and two-year-old daughter wanted "our home back".

<p>Viewers were left scratching their heads when Joe Lycett appeared to walk off <em>Steph's Packed Lunch</em> after an awkward exchange.<br>Things seemed to get a little tense when presenter Steph McGovern challenged the comedian about his plastic bottle ban, despite being pictured with one in his own garden.</p>
Viewers were left scratching their heads when Joe Lycett appeared to walk off Steph's Packed Lunch after an awkward exchange. (Channel 4)

McGovern began her career as a financial journalist and admitted she is "pretty savvy" with money, even investing in cryptocurrency.

But she revealed the most lucrative jobs she does are hosting corporate events for big companies.

She admitted: "At first I dismissed the idea. I’m a broadcaster, I told myself; I didn’t want to get into any of that. But I was gobsmacked by how much you can get paid. And as it turns out, not only is the work lucrative, but I really enjoy doing it. So it’s become a bit of a win-win."

McGovern started out as a business presenter on BBC Breakfast before becoming one of the main co-hosts on the show.

Steph McGovern was joined by her former colleagues. (BBC)
Steph McGovern bid farewell to her BBC Breakfast colleagues in Januray 2020. (BBC)

She announced her departure while she was on maternity leave with her daughter.

Last year McGovern revealed she had had to seek help from the emergency services after her ring became stuck.

The TV presenter quipped via Twitter to her 400,000 followers on Friday that she'd had an "eventful morning" after her emergency trip to Harrogate Fire Station in North Yorkshire.

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McGovern praised the "brilliant" fire station staff who helped cut off the ring after she trapped her finger in a door at her home.

Responding to a question from a fan, she added: "The door closed on my whole hand and squashed the ring. Then that’s what caused the swelling. The ring was suddenly too tight."

Watch: Joe Lycett storm off Steph's Packed Lunch

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