Katherine Ryan says she hid her pregnancy out of fear she would lose work opportunities
‘I had to keep it quiet’: Katherine Ryan says she hid her pregnancy with son Fred for fear she would lose job opportunities
Katherine Ryan has said she kept her second pregnancy a secret because she feared she would lose her job as a result.
The comedian, 38, was eight months pregnant when she presented ITV’s Ready To Mingle, a fact she kept secret from everyone.
The mother of two – who has 12-year-old daughter Violet and one-year-old son Fred – claimed you can’t insure a production while pregnant.
Lips closed: Katherine Ryan has said she kept her second pregnancy a secret because she feared it would lead to job loss (pictured during her pregnancy)
Speak with The sunKatherine said, “I didn’t tell anyone during my pregnancy. You cannot insure yourself against any production if you are pregnant. Sometimes, if you’re important enough, they go the extra mile. You see Holly Willoughby pregnant and that’s because she’s worth it.
“I’ve tried to keep it a secret. People thought I was very, very fat, very tall. I had to keep it quiet. I still had to work to feed my family.’
She continued: ‘If you go to the BBC’s insurance site, it says there is no insurance for womb matters. If your vagina falls off on set, that’s it. You don’t want to abandon a production if you have a pregnancy complication.’
MailOnline has contacted the BBC and ITV for comment.
Private: The comedian, 38, was eight months pregnant when she presented ITV’s Ready To Mingle, a fact she kept hidden from everyone (photo October 2021)
It comes after Katherine showed up in Lorraine last week, where she said that as she’s become more successful, she has fewer issues with sex teasing in her industry.
But she said female comics still talked among themselves about predatory men in the business.
She added that she wasn’t trying to “out” anyone when she revealed on her Amazon Prime TV series that she confronted a coworker that she was a sexual predator.
She made the comments when asked if there was still a problem in the entertainment industry.
Predators: It comes after Katherine showed up in Lorraine last week, where she said that as she’s become more successful, she’s had fewer problems with sex pests in her industry
Ms Ryan said: ‘It’s different for me to estimate that, as I’ve become more powerful and people start behaving differently than they used to, because I’ve become a threat.
“I tried not to name anyone, but female comics have that conversation – should I work with that person?
‘Should I hide my pregnancy? I remember working in a place where the producer couldn’t get insurance if he was pregnant.”
She made the comments in conversation with Sara Pascoe during her new series Backstage With Katherine Ryan.
It sparked an online guessing game about who she was referring to in the comments.
The Canadian star — who has appeared on shows including Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Mock The Week and a League Of Their Own — said: “I did a show with a person who me and you believe it is a predator.
‘What should I do? I’ve thought about that, but it’s such a messy thing because I have no proof – what, can’t I feed my kids because of someone else?’
Sara replied, “Even in that case you refer to, it was about raising it.”
That led Katherine to admit, “I raised it. I called him a predator every day to his face and in front of everyone.’