As he spoke about his experiences of racial abuse, Steph couldn’t hold back tears as she collapsed crying live.
Chris explained what it was like to grow up in Middlesbrough as a young black man, saying, “When I first started playing football,” Love Thy Neighbor “and” Alf Garnett “were on TV. . “
He continued, “I would go to practice the next day – and I like to laugh – so I would have a laugh at these programs like anyone else.
“But when you weren’t in the locker room, they should stop talking, the players, and then they’d be like, ‘Oh you don’t mind, Kammy.’
“And I couldn’t bother because I was the minority – I was a person. If you had two or three of you, you’d be like, ‘You know it’s good and it’s a laugh but it really and really hurts. “
Growing up in the north herself, Steph was overcome with emotion when Chris explained the racism he faced.
He continued, “People say how difficult it is these days. They just don’t realize, when you’re the only black family in your field, the only black people in your town and Middlesbrough is a big town, how much effect that had on my dad.
“It was also the case for our future, he was trying to protect us as much as possible, but it was really difficult for him and people of his ilk. “
When asked if he felt different growing up in Middlesbrough, he replied, “Well, I remember going to the store once to get ten woods for my mother, but before the shopkeeper could give me the wood, someone broke into the store to ask for a loaf of bread.
“He said, I’m just serving this guy and she said ‘oh him and his spell should go back to where they came from’ – but we only lived five doors down from her! are different.
“And when you go to school, you’re the only black person in your school. It became a decision for me to put my head down and work as hard as possible because the people on the outside will try to stop your progress.
As a result, the program was halted as she could not perform her presentation functions.
Chris got emotional himself, before Steph said, “I’m a little emotional listening to you Kammy because you’re from my hometown.
Kammy then replies, “Don’t make me cry!” ”
Steph then choked and struggled to continue his sentence.
She was then reduced to tears as the studio fell silent, with Russell taking over and taking a break from the series.
After Steph’s return to the screen, she apologized to viewers for her emotional moment.
Steph said: “Sorry I got a bit earlier. Kammy grew up in Middlesborough where I’m from and listening to some of her stories I just got overwhelmed. ”
As the comedian that he is, Russell was quick to make the studio laugh by suggesting that the bosses should have more onions on set to make the presenter cry more.
* Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12:30 p.m. on Channel 4.
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