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The Big Fat Gypsy Weddings Fix And Other Daily Star Cons

by | 17th, February 2011

THE Daily Star leads with news of a “TELLY CON”. It thunders from its front page that the hit telly show Big Fat Gypsy Weddings is a “FIX”:

By a photo of a bride and her neon bridesmaid, readers see the word “FIX”.

Cynics might think the Star was trying to pour cold water on Channel 4’s highest ratings since Big Brother in 2008 because it’s the sister organ to Channel FIVE.

But then you read:

A FORMER bareknuckle fighter from Big Fat Gypsy Weddings has been faking a TV tough guy image for years, he said yesterday. To viewers Paddy Doherty, 51, is a brawler who claimed he was “bred to fight”.

Mr Doherty is in Manchester Crown court, giving evidence against his cousin Johnny Joyce, 20, who allegedly attacked him in a caravan park in Salford, Gtr Manchester, last August, breaking his jaw in two places. He claims he “now cannot clench his teeth properly”.

Doherty has appeared on Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, but neither as bride nor groom. And it was on Danny Dyer’s remote cable show Deadliest Men that he offered:

“I’d bite your eyes and bite your lips off and I won’t spit them out so you could sew them back on. I’d swallow them to disfigure you.’’

He now says:

“On that show I was lying for the cameras, having a laugh and saying what they wanted.”

So. That’s the big telly fix? If it is what does the Star make of its sister organ OK!, and its current front-page news that Big Brother products Josie Gibson and John James have got married in a – get this – big fat gypsy wedding?Only, they haven’t.

Only, they’ve not been conning the readers. Oh no. they’ve been having a laugh and saying what the paymasters want…



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