As Fleur brought up that Jesy was ‘in talks to appear in a warts and all show’ about her struggles since leaving Little Mix in 2020, the hosts laughed and poked fun at the singer.
They joked about waiting ‘for the fake tan to fade,’ commenting on a potential documentary not being so ‘thrilling’ and just showing Jesy ‘watching daytime TV’.
They then played that viral clip of Jesy attempting the Jamaican accent that has been doing the rounds online since 2014.
The hosts’ comments came after a source told The Sun that Jesy had been offered the chance to tell her story with a new documentary, insisting: ‘This documentary could help her set the record straight and allow people to see what it has been like for her.
‘A production company is in touch and has been working with Jesy about what she would want the documentary to look like. It’s been nerve-wracking but exciting for her.’
The Hits Radio Breakfast Show hosts mocked Jesy Nelson, with listeners accusing them of ‘bullying’ (Picture: Beretta/Sims/REX/Shutterstock)
Fleur East, James Barr and Producer Matt host The Hits Radio Breakfast Show (Picture: The Hits Radio)
Social media users accused the Hits Radio Breakfast Show hosts of bullying, with one commenting on the fact Jesy – who shot to fame with Little Mix after the band won The X Factor in 2011 – has been open about her mental health issues and her suicide attempt back in 2013.
X user @Craig1Paul posted: ‘I feel this is low key bullying , surprised at the team for this. Guess they choose not to be kind.’
@jamesdwoods_ added: ‘Savage,’ as @nickoverheard commented: ‘Downright bullying. Yes she’s made some bad calls at times but so have I – live and let live.’
@JesyNelson_stan wrote: ‘Why are you endorsing bullying @hitsradiouk? Fire @FleurEast @jamesbarrcomedy – how is it okay for them to mock people who have attempted suicide? It is truly disgusting behaviour.’
Jesy spoke out about her mental health issues in her Odd One Out documentary in 2019, talking about the abuse from cyberbullies she endured during her time in Little Mix and its effects on her mentally.
Little Mix – consisting of Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirwall and Jesy Nelson – were mentored by X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos (Picture: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
The Boyz hitmaker discussed feeling the effects of being constantly compared to her bandmates Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall in the doc.
Speaking to Fearne Cotton on the Happy Place podcast back in 2021, Jesy revealed the toll that vile trolling took on her, talking about her suicide attempt and revealing her mum Janice White begged her to leave the group.
She said: ‘Yeah. Well, I just remember obviously the first time, so obviously I’d taken an overdose. I went into hospital and then I had a music video like a week after…
‘And obviously my mum found out and she was distraught and she was like: “This is it, you’re not doing this anymore”. Because my mum’s the kind of mum that’s like, “I couldn’t give a s**t what you do as long as you’re happy…
‘”That’s all I care about”, So she was like, “No. This isn’t happening anymore….” And obviously I didn’t know what to do at the time because it was very early stages of Little Mix as well.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out for comment.
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