Ellie Harrison, 41, admitted she is unaware of the reaction she gets from Countryfile fans, as she chooses not to participate in social media. The presenter, who has worked on the BBC show for 10 years revealed she ditched Twitter at Christmas because it “wasn’t bringing anything warm or good” into her life. Opening up about her avoidance of the online platforms in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Ellie said in reference to feedback from viewers: “I don’t have Twitter or Instagram and anything that’s programme specific is dealt with by the producers, unless there’s anything in particular I need to be pulled up on, then I tend not to hear about it. And I choose to keep it that way. “I had Twitter until Christmas then I came off everything at the same time thinking this isn’t lifting me up, this isn’t bringing anything warm or good into my life.”
However, the star explained she isn’t abstaining from social media to avoid criticism, adding: “It wasn’t because I was getting feedback particularly because I think if you want to hear praise then you have to hear criticism too.
“You can’t cherry pick what you hear and I’ve always taken the stance that I prefer not to hear anything than try to hear good or bad, but if you do this job you’re essentially standing up on stage and saying, ‘Look at me, look at me’.
“You can’t then be upset or call people bullies if they don’t like you because you’ve asked them to look at you.”
Ellie went on to reveal she spoke to her Countryfile co-host Matt Baker, 41, who also refuses to get involved in social media, about the technology.
She continued: “I think there’s quite a strange pathology around being well-known. I’ve decided not to engage with it and I’ll keep it that way for now.
“I’ve spoken to Matt Baker about this too because he’s not on social media either so he feels like it’s quite a nascent technology and no one’s really sure how to use it yet. It still feels quite immature and it’s still suffering as a result of that.”
The wildlife expert then cited 42-year-old rapper Kanye West’s opinion on the matter and suggested social media should adapt by removing numbers showing amounts of likes and followers.
Ellie said: “I kind of like the Kanye West stance of just saying there shouldn’t be any numbers at all, not just the number of likes, but no numbers at all because then you’d be posting things for art’s sake.
“There could be one person seeing it or 100 million and if you don’t know, then you’re producing it for the right reasons rather than to grab attention.”
The TV personality explained she has to be prepared for all possible weather conditions when working in outdoor locations for the programme.
She divulged: “You kind of look diva-ish when you arrive at the hotel because you’ve got huge bags with you that seem excessive for two days of filming.
“But you’ve just got to consider what variation you might need.
“What layering, what footwear… you need some contingencies in there.”
While addressing weather, the star recalled some tough conditions she has faced in the great outdoors.
Ellie said: “Guess it’s a cliché but it’s an exquisite type of discomfort when you are out on a mountain side in February even in the best gear and there’s a driving wind and rain.
“It’s because while we film there’s several hours of inactivity and you just don’t generate any body heat at all.”
Countryfile airs tonight at 7pm on BBC One.