Vernon Kay: ‘I’ll tell my daughters to get a job!’ (VIDEO)

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Vernon Kay says his young daughters will not get an easy ride just because their parents are famous.

Host of ITV's new daytime game show 1000 Heartbeats, Vernon told What's on TV: “If my daughters come to me when they’re teenagers and ask for spending money, I’ll say ‘no, get a job!’

But there’s kindness behind the words, as Vernon wants his two girls, Phoebe (10) and Amber (5) to experience the joy of hard graft and the rewards it brings. He said: “By working at that age you learn that if you work hard, you get paid.

“[They] need to realise nothing comes to you for free, you have to work for it."

Vernon, who’s married to Strictly Come Dancing presenter Tess Daly, added: “My first job when I was 14 was putting stickers on bananas! I’ve also worked in a Tesco, cleaned phone boxes, worked in a carpenters... I did all sorts and enjoyed every single one of them for different reasons.”

The Bolton-born presenter has come a long way since those days, and can be seen on ITV every weekday at 4pm on ITV helping 1000 Heartbeats’ contestants remain calm under pressure, and potentially win big cash prizes.

To hear more from Vernon who has a few wise words for the youth of today, watch the chat, above.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.