In case you were confused after watching Tuesday night’s episode of The Project – and many were – Carrie Bickmore is not pregnant.
During the program, Bickmore’s fellow panelist Peter Helliar presented the 2015 Gold Logie winner with a bouquet of flowers to ‘congratulate’ her on her apparent pregnancy, reported this week in a celebrity magazine.
“Big announcement. Big congratulations in order: Carrie Bickmore, baby number three on its way!” Helliar said. “According to rigorous reports and industry sources.”
But after joking with fellow panel member Waleed Aly at the expense of Bickmore, the mother of two felt the need to clarify the issue for several family members.
“If you’re watching at home, mum – no, OK. I just started sleeping! God, that would be a nightmare … I just had a big focaccia for lunch.”
— #TheProjectTV (@theprojecttv) June 7, 2016
Later in the show Bickmore told her grandmother: “Nan! It’s not happening.”
Despite the panelists and Bickmore eventually making clear that there was no pregnancy, many on social media did not get the hint.
Louise tweeted: “@theprojecttv @BickmoreCarrie i am confused about Carrie is she pregnant or not”.
Another user, Ellie, wrote: “Trying to explain to mum that @BickmoreCarrie isn’t actually pregnant, can you help @fifi_box ?? #TheProjectTV”.
— Angelz✨ (@angelz255) June 7, 2016
So where did the rumour originate?
In the June edition of New Idea magazine, a front page headline and article claimed Bickmore was pregnant with her third child.
The article quoted “several insiders” as confirming Bickmore’s pregnancy and said her behaviour at the Logies backed up such claims.
“Despite the bubbly blonde cutting serious shapes on the Logies dance floor, she avoided the free alcohol on offer, instead choosing water,” the article wrote.
It also presented other evidence about her behaviour that suggested she was pregnant.
“A recent switch to uncharacteristically baggy clothing has everyone talking … the host also posted a picture [to Instagram] of herself [last week] … showing fans only a picture of her dress from behind.”
Helliar went on to have another dig at New Idea for its inaccurate story.
“It’s in a magazine, magazines don’t lie,” he said. “They work very hard … You have been wearing uncharacteristically loose clothes on The Project.”
Pointing and playing with her clothes with an exasperated look on her face, Bickmore responded: “It’s winter.”
See the Instagram post New Idea referenced in its story below: