HOW nice to see Sir Jeff at Rodney Parade last Friday.
Hartlepool United’s top celeb fan was in the stand to watch Pools go down 2-0 at Newport County.
Poor Jeff. He probably thought things could not get any worse.
It was bad enough getting snapped by our ace photographer Frank Reid.
But he was soon in more papers than the Hartlepool Mail.
One of my other favourite journalists, Barry Norman, had got a little warm under the collar during a interview with the Radio Times.
The veteran writer and TV presenter lashed out at a series of TV adverts, including a dressing gown-clad Jeff in a commercial for Sky Broadband (see above).
It was a spoof of the ad starring Hollywood movie star Bruce Willis when he demands Sky Broadband from a young salesman while his female assistant goes all-star struck.
In the Jeff version, the Sky Sports presenter kicks off until he’s offered a deal on his Sky package.
Jeff says to her “come on, let me show you around Hartlepool” to which she mouths to her colleague: “Where’s Hartlepool?”
But Barry Norman seemed a bit perturbed.
“There were the two urging us to subscribe to Sky Broadband that end with either a dressing-gowned Bruce Willis or an equally dressing-gowned Jeff Stelling walking off with a sexually excited girl young enough to be their daughter or even their granddaughter,” said Baz.
“What’s that all about?
“Whether it sells much in the way of Sky Broadband I have no idea.
“The strongest message I receive seems to be that old blokes can still pull young girls but, if you ask me, more fool them if they want to.”
Come on Baz, where has your sense of humour gone?
He must be the only person in the land to take offence at an ad poking fun at itself.
If I was 10 years younger, 12 stone lighter and two feet taller and not married to my (lovely) wife I’d ask the young lady out myself, comedian and actress, Jess Ransom who, at pushing 30, is not young enough to be Jeff’s grand-daughter.
Get a life Barry and lay off our Jeff. By the way Sky, if there’s any chance of some free broadband ....