Michelle Ackerley addresses Hillary Clinton’s The One Show interview: ‘Feel guilty’

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Michelle Ackerley has often stood in for The One Show host Alex Jones and still fronts the show on various occasions. The presenter spoke candidly about the second time Hillary Clinton returned to the BBC programme in 2019.

The former First Lady of the United States appeared live in the BBC studios where she chatted with Michelle and her co-host Amol Rajan.

Michelle explained it was one of the biggest interviews she had conducted but admittedly had a moment of “guilt”.

The small-screen star praised Hillary as “lovely” but the presenter revealed she was under the watchful eyes of the politician’s security team.

“It’s such a slick operation on The One Show and there are no real major mishaps,” Michelle explained.

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“I remember when we interviewed Hillary Clinton and for me that was one of the biggest interviews.

“It was quite a surreal experience having her security people in and look around and you’d see another one hidden in the corner and all eyes are on you.”

She continued: “On the one hand it’s a live show and you can feel a bit apprehensive before you go live with big interviews like that.

“But when you’ve also got a security team looking at your every move you almost feel guilty for doing nothing. You’re thinking, ‘what could actually happen?'”

Michelle recalled the time Hillary had appeared on The One Show back in 2017 and the production team were glad to see the 2016 US Presidential candidate return to the show two years later.

The Loose Women host commented: “I think the previous time when [Hillary] came in – because that was her second appearance – I think there had been some kind of flood in the studio or something.

“So I think the production team was so glad that she came back. They wanted to make sure that everything went completely smoothly.”

Michelle continued: “I remember being really nervous about that but then actually going to see Hillary in the green room before the show, she was just so lovely.

“She was sitting in front of the mirror doing her own makeup in the makeup chair.”

The One Show host added: “I mean the security still sat in the corner eyeing us up but she was lovely. It was quite a random experience but the interview went well.”

Meanwhile, Michelle has recently partnered with Vodafone to encourage consumers to trade in their old phones.

As the brand’s first Chief-Trade-In Officer she is helping consumers find out how much their old phone could be worth.


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It comes after research from Vodafone and YouGov found that Britons are missing out on £6.8billion in potential savings.

In addition, 4.7 million Britons admitted to having thrown a phone away in a general waste bin, rather than trading in or disposing of it properly.

Michelle’s recommendation for consumers is to use a new trade-in tool which can be accessed through the MyVodafone app and in a few short minutes consumers can receive an instant guarantee on the value of their trade-in.

As the new Chief-Trade-In-Officer, Michelle explained: “This is something that really interests me because now more than ever, it’s so important for us to be finding the best deals.

“We’re in a situation where money really matters.

“We’re all in a global pandemic where we’re thinking of new ways to look after ourselves financially and this is something that puts the consumer first.”

She continued: “I’ve always been a Vodafone customer so when they launched this tool it’s all about helping people overcome issues that prevented them from trading in their phone in the past. A tool for consumers, it’s a no-brainer, really.” 

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