Kerry Katona has come out to support Caroline Flack after her recent troubles, saying that she "won’t judge" the former Love Island presenter as she waits for her assault charge to be heard in court. The ex pop star then launched a stinging attack on industry bigwigs, accusing them of double standards and sexism.
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Caroline denied the allegations and has pleaded not guilty to common assault, but with the new series of Love Island starting so quickly after her arrest, she decided to step aside and let Laura Whitmore take her place.
When asked her thoughts on the story, Kerry was quick to denounce the entertainment industry and claimed that bosses are much quicker to forgive men than women for transgressions.
Talking to The Sun, Kerry said: "It makes me angry at how this industry works. No one knows what went on behind those closed doors. I am not going to judge Caroline at all. But I think it is different for a man than it is for a woman. I think with Caroline it’s different because she’s a woman. When we mess up, we have a hard time with it."
Kerry has a very good example of what she’s talking about. Her appearance on This Morning – where she slurred her words because of medication and it was widely assumed she was drunk – was back in 2008.
Kerry pointed to Ant McPartlin’s quick return to work, mentioning how he was back to presenting I’m A Celebrity just eight months after his arrest for drink driving where he crashed his car while being over twice the legal limit at the time.
Kerry says she’s sure that Caroline will "pull through" and get her career back on track, but did express some concern over whether ITV would be keen to take her back. Particularly given Laura Whitmore’s success as Caroline’s replacement.
Caroline and Laura are – and remain – tight friends and both have come out publicly to show their support for the other. After the news broke that Laura had bagged the job as Caroline’s Love Island replacement, the Irish TV host said:
"Caroline is a brilliant host and friend. We’ve spoken a lot in the last few days since she stepped down. She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role. I’ve watched her host every series and know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice."
Caroline has been nothing but supportive to her pal too, reaching out to Laura before her first show. She said on Instagram: "Massive good luck to Laura, Iain and the team for tonight’s launch show… the first one's always the best one!"
It’s thought that the 40 year-old TV host is currently planning on attempting a comeback later this year and hopes to reinvent herself as a calmer, more mature presence on TV. Sources close to Caroline say she plans to start the process by putting her wild days and partying behind her.
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