Alison Hammond of This Morning has recounted an uncomfortable encounter she had with Hollywood actor Matt Damon. The broadcaster recently discussed the incident in her Sun column, revealing her thoughts and feelings about the ‘horrifying’ incident. She went down with Matt Damon in 2007 to interview him for his third Bourne picture, The Bourne Ultimatum, but soon realized something wasn’t quite right.
She noticed that her chair was a little snug while talking to him, but she continued with the discussion. After being thrilled to see him, tragedy struck, subjecting her to an “awful” and “embarrassing” experience.
In her piece, Alison revealed: “My size and weight worked against me, and the chair’s side abruptly shattered. It was a dreadful, humiliating experience.” While interviewing Matt Damon, one of my idols, my girth had damaged the chair! I was humiliated. I wished for the world to devour me whole.
“‘Are you all right?” he inquired. He was gracious about it. ‘Let’s get you a new chair.’
“I’m a black lady, yet my face became hot red.”
Alison then confessed that she had torn the chair’s arm off and thrown it to the floor.
Fortunately, this made the actor laugh, and instead of crying, she began laughing as well, continuing with the interview.
After the interview, her producer commented on how hilarious it was, but Alison said she was horrified and requested them to take it off the air.
She stated that it was at that point in her life that she felt compelled to obtain a gastric band because she didn’t want to be “big anymore.”
Later that year, the host underwent surgery, which she claimed went well medically but was incredibly tough emotionally.
“It didn’t feel right to be eating so little,” she said, “and even though having a gastric band is meant to make you feel full faster, I was eating salad and still feeling hungry afterward.”
During her time with the band in her stomach, things began to go wrong medically, and she became frequently ill and battled to keep meals down.
Alison retained the band for two years until she couldn’t eat a single morsel of food and decided it was time to let it go.
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