Alison Hammond had a gastric band after Matt Damon helped her from broken chair

Alison Hammond has opened up on the moment an interview with her idol Matt Damon in 2007 prompted her to have surgery in a bid to lose weight

Alison Hammond has opened up on an incident during her 2007 interview with Matt Damon

Alison Hammond has opened up about a “mortifying” moment that made her decide to get a gastric band.

The TV presenter, 46, has revealed how an interview with one of her idols, Matt Damon, prompted her into a life-changing decision.

But she admits that the surgery led to things going wrong physically and said she struggled to keep anything down.

The This Morning presenter, who became a household name after appearing on Big Brother in 2002, candidly talked about the 2007 interview and the aftermath that followed.

Alison explained that she was interviewing actor Matt in the build-up to the third Bourne film called The Bourne Ultimatum.

Partway through the chat she noticed that her chair felt a bit tight, but she continued with the conversation as normal.

Alison Hammond has discussed how her 2007 interview with Matt Damon led to her getting a gastric band


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However, she explained in an extract from her new book which was published in The Sun, how the chair suddenly broke because of her weight.

She called the incident a “horrible, shameful moment”.

“My girth had broken the chair while I was interviewing Matt Damon, one of my idols,” she wrote. “I was mortified. I wanted the world to swallow me.”

She confessed that she went bright red in the face as Matt asked her if she was okay, but she made light of the moment despite being embarrassed.

Alison said she made the star laugh when she ripped the arm off the chair and flung it to the floor to continue their discussion.

And despite wanting to cry, she laughed off the incident and carried on their chat.

She continued to say the producer called the moment “so funny”.

“But I was mortified,” she said. “‘If you don’t mind, don’t show that part on TV,’ I said.”

It was at that moment she decided to have the op as she “didn’t want to be fat anymore”.

Alison said her reaction to the incident made Matt laugh


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Unfortunately, despite Alison saying the operation was a physical success to begin with, she explained how she wasn’t mentally prepared for what was to come.

She described the “absolute torture” she felt before the band was “rejected” by her body as she started to become ill.

After two years of having the band, Alison went to see her surgeon to have the band removed.

She added that it took the surgeon an hour and a half instead of the normal 15 minute procedure to remove the band because the scar tissue had grown around mine so thickly that it was squeezing my stomach shut to the point where she couldn’t eat anything.

While she had the band she says she only lost about a stone and explains how she now feels better within herself and looks in the mirror to tell herself “I’m beautiful, man”.

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