Steph McGovern details stern telling off she faced after exposing Canadian Prime Minister
Steph McGovern recalls 'trouble' with Stephen Harper
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Host of her self-titled talk show, Steph McGovern, 38, has relayed how she received a stern telling off from the team of former Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper’s team in 2009. 11 years ago G20 leaders posed for a group picture in London, but the Canadian PM was noticeably absent. After the Steph’s Packed Lunch host heard he missed the opportunity as he was using the bathroom, she decided to share a blog post relaying this information, which led to her receiving a “telling off” from his team.
His people came over and were like who is this Stephanie McGovern!
Speaking to her guests on her Channel 4 show today, she said: “One of my mates who was looking after the Canadian team had told me that the Canadian Prime Minister was in the toilet when he was meant to be doing the family photo.
“My mate was like, ‘Oh My God, he’s missed the family photo.’
“The family photo being that very famous one you see where everyone is together,” she clarified to her guests
“And Stephen Harper is missing because he was in the loo.”
The show cut to a snap of the “family photo” which featured leaders of all the G20 countries, but not the Canadian PM.
However, Steph went on to reveal that the head of government didn’t relay his exact whereabouts to his team.
She said: “Well, he didn’t tell anyone that he was in the loo, he told everyone he was in a really important meeting.”
But the TV personality revealed that she took the tidbit of news and posted about it on her blog – causing a storm.
“But I had blogged, this was before Twitter, I blogged, ‘Oh the Canadian Prime Minister missed it because he was in the loo’.
“And oh my God, they kicked off because the Canadian papers were like, ‘how wrong of him to miss this big thing because he’d gone to the loo’.”
But despite being outed, Steph claimed that the PM continued to insist that he was in an important meeting.
She said: “He was like, ‘I wasn’t in the toilet, I was having a high level meeting’!”
The star went on to reveal that she got into trouble for disclosing the sensitive information online.
Steph continued to her guests: “His people came over and was like who is this Stephanie McGovern! And I was like, ‘It’s me!'”
She added she got a “telling off” from his team.
At the time, PA wrote that upon the Canadian PM’s return from the bathroom, he was greeted by a “jovial Barack Obama, who appeared to find the Canadian leader’s absence quite amusing.”
Elsewhere, the Channel 4 presenter gave her followers a rare insight into her family life.
In view of her 26,200 Instagram followers, the TV host showed some takeaway food peeking out of a cardboard bag on the table in front of her with the television on in the background.
Steph captioned the post: “Perfect Saturday night…
“Baby asleep. Drinking wine. Eating takeaway. Watching Motherland.”
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