|2nd July, 1979
||[02 Jul 2004|12:01am]
Witching Hour’s Glenda Chittock tells it all:
The truth behind the gossips
In the inaugural article of The Celebrity Scoop, the new gossip column of the Daily Prophet, Glenda Chittock, popular host of the WWN’s Witching Hour, was portrayed in a very unflattering light. Today, Ms Chittock talks to Witch Weekly about her life, her show, and the impact that article had on her and hers.
Witch Weekly: Ms Chittock, welcome and thank you for granting Witch Weekly an interview. Our readers were appalled by the scandalous information presented by Rita Skeeter last week, as testified by the numerous owls we received about it. Though the article scorched many names, you were the one featured. What was your reaction when you first read it?
Glenda Chittock: I was horrified and very angry. I read the Daily Prophet every day when I arrived at the WWN office, in preparation for the show. It was quite difficult to do Witching Hour that morning, understandably. Every pause for advertisement was spent discussing with the WWN management, preparing an official statement, owling my family and my friends.
WW: It must have been a whirlwind of activity.
GC: It was. I think I sent out my own owl and four post office owls, that morning. I was worried at the reaction of those dragged in by Ms Skeeter.
WW: What was their reaction? Were they supportive? Cross?
GC: Everyone was very sympathetic, luckily. I am blessed to have such great family and friends. They were fuming on my behalf. Even those I do not know as well, such as the witches met at the Witch Weekly weekend, were compassionate. And incensed, of course. I was speechless when I first read this particular accusation in the article. It came out of nowhere, really, and it is just so out of character, for all of the witches named.
WW: Attacking your sexual orientation, as well as that of so many prominent witches, was sure to create quite a scandal. Witch Weekly has issued a statement about the nature of its getaway weekend. Such activities were never on the menu of any event organised by Witch Weekly. Your love life in general was under scrutiny in that article, though. You were rumoured as indulging scores of casual lovers, and even cradle robbing was mentioned.
GC: I am single, but not celibate. I have never hidden, though. Pictures are taken at various receptions I attend or clubs I visit, and adorn the social pages of Witch Weekly or the Daily Prophet regularly. I am not in a serious relationship now and have never been. In fact, I’d say that I am married to my job.
WW: What about the cradle robbing?
GC: This is the perfect example of an inoffensive fact distorted in an ugly lie. The wizard referred to in the article is a friend whose flat I visited to care for the dog while he was away. Nothing else!
WW: The article contained assertions not only concerning your love life but your sanity as well.
GC: Yes, and I am truly revolted by how my father’s health was brought up publicly like that. My father was a curse-breaker for Gringotts and, when I was seven, he was victim of a nasty curse that left permanent damage. He’s been in St.Mungo’s ever since. My family is deeply hurt by the article, and angered by how his illness has been used to claim that I am going insane.
WW: There is no hereditary mental illness in your family, then?
GC: No, not at all. He was victim of a curse; there has never been any other case of mental illness in the family. I am perfectly sane and healthy and there is no expectation that it ever changes. The accusation is unfounded, like the rest of the article, really.
WW: You see us here at Witch Weekly, and our readers as well, quite relieved to hear this, Ms Chittock. Witching Hour is amongst the most popular shows on the WWN and its countless fans would be at a loss without their beloved host.
GC: Rest assured that I am not going anywhere. I will host Witching Hour as long as the listeners and the WWN will want of me. I love my job, I love the show, I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
WW: This is excellent news. Thank you for this interview, Ms Chittock, and for rectifying the truth for our readers, shocked by the accusations in the Celebrity Scoop last week. Let us at Witch Weekly wish you the best of luck personally and for Witching Hour.
GC: It was a privilege for me to have such an occasion to reassure my fans and correct the lies spread by that libellous article. I am the one who must thank you, really.