Better Homes and Gardens presenter Johanna Griggs has never been shy about calling it as she sees it.

The former competitive swimmer recently made headlines for claiming that Commonwealth Games athlete Kyle Chalmers was ‘feeding the media’.

And on Wednesday, she told TV Tonight that she loves using social media as it allows her to publicly state her side of the story on media coverage.

Better Homes and Gardens host Johanna Griggs (pictured) said she loves using social media as it allows her to publicly state her side of the story on media coverage

Better Homes and Gardens host Johanna Griggs (pictured) said she loves using social media as it allows her to publicly state her side of the story on media coverage

She said: ‘It’s actually incredibly freeing having it. I’m no different whether it’s about magazines, or if I’m challenging bosses on something I don’t agree with.’

The Commonwealth Games medalist dished in a tell-all interview with the website and said she loves that social media has given her a platform to refute inaccurate media reports.

‘You definitely have a voice, whereas previously, you’d have to read these rubbish headlines,’ she said.

She added that she loved her gig as a Better Homes and Gardens host, as working on the show was a happy experience and she gets to meet talented people like Riptide singer Vance Joy.

She continued: ‘It is the ironic thing with all these sorts of situations. You can’t just expect the headlines to always be great.

‘You have to accept that occasionally, sometimes, they are going to be about other people and that sometimes that might not necessarily show you in the same light.’

Johanna said Commonwealth Games swimmer Kyle Chalmers (pictured) was his own worst enemy when it comes to negative press coverage

Johanna said Commonwealth Games swimmer Kyle Chalmers (pictured) was his own worst enemy when it comes to negative press coverage

The Channel Seven sports presenter recently said that Kyle Chalmers is his own worst enemy when it comes to negative press coverage, after the talented swimmer lashed out at ‘false news’ during a Commonwealth Games press conference on Saturday.

Chalmers, 24, furiously threatened to quit the sport after a journalist suggested there was a ‘love triangle’ among the ranks of the Australian swimming team involving him, his ex-girlfriend Emma McKeon and her new partner Cody Simpson.

He dated McKeon, 28, for a short time last year before the pair broke up and McKeon moved on with Simpson, 25. The three swimmers are now competing in Birmingham.

Griggs, 48, a retired competitive swimmer and former tabloid fixture herself, said Chalmers was ‘feeding the media’ and making the rumoured feud a ‘bigger story’ by reacting so angrily to questions about his private life.

Griggs said she hopes Chalmers stops 'feeding' the media cycle, because his public outbursts are only leading to more headlines

Griggs said she hopes Chalmers stops ‘feeding’ the media cycle, because his public outbursts are only leading to more headlines

She also noted that McKeon and Simpson were not allowing themselves to be distracted by the gossip.

‘The only person who is going to potentially derail – although it certainly didn’t look it this morning in his 100 metre freestyle – could be Kyle himself. He seems to be feeding it,’ Griggs said on Triple M Breakfast with MG, Jess & Pagey.

Griggs said she hopes Chalmers stops ‘feeding’ the media cycle, because his public outbursts are only leading to more headlines.

‘I am kind of hoping that Kyle stops feeding it. I get that he is feeling incredibly swamped at the moment and that he is not coping with it,’ she said.

‘But every time he mentions it, he makes it a bigger story.’

Chalmers dated McKeon for a short time last year before the pair broke up and McKeon moved on with Simpson. (Pictured: McKeon and Simpson in Barcelona, Spain, last month)

Chalmers dated McKeon for a short time last year before the pair broke up and McKeon moved on with Simpson. (Pictured: McKeon and Simpson in Barcelona, Spain, last month)

Johanna rose to fame in 1990 by representing Australia at the Auckland Commonwealth Games, where she won a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke.

She announced her retirement from swimming in 1993 and went on to become a popular television presenter.

The 48-year-old has hosted Channel Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens since 2005 and also presented the renovation reality series House Rules from 2013 – 2019.

She was married to actor Gary Sweet from 1994 – 1997 and shares two sons with him, Jesse and Joe.

The glamorous host has been wed to building foreman Todd Huggins since 2006 and called him ‘the bomb’ in a 2016 interview with The West Australian.

Johanna said she loves her Better Homes and Gardens hosting gig as she gets to meet talented people like Riptide singer Vance Joy (pictured with Johanna)

Johanna said she loves her Better Homes and Gardens hosting gig as she gets to meet talented people like Riptide singer Vance Joy (pictured with Johanna)



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Originally posted 2022-08-11 06:33:49.