Naga Munchetty has three cats: Bella, Kinky and Ronnie as at Sept 2021. At the time of writing this I can’t name them individually with certainty. However, she lives with a tortoiseshell-and-white cat (calico) who is female and therefore her name is probably Bella. She also lives with a classic tabby cat who might be Ronnie and what appears to be a black cat who I’m going to say is Kinky. I wonder if the name “Kinky” is because of a kink in their tail! I doubt it but kinks in tails are not that uncommon especially if you feel along the tail for a hidden bump. She wanted a dog but decided her lifestyle was unsuited. Good for her but cats are not much different; they don’t like to be left along either.
The Sun newspaper tells us that Naga Munchetty likes to curl up on the sofa watching TV and “stroking my two Siamese cats, Kinky and Ronnie”. I don’t understand that because the picture we have of her with her three cats does not show a Siamese cat unless the cat behind her head is Siamese which looks black in the photograph. Note: I have lightened the photo and this cat still looks black. That said Siamese cats are black with the coat pattern added due to the Siamese gene.
Certainly, in the photograph she does not live with two Siamese cats, possibly one. But it does support my argument that one of her Siamese cats or the Siamese cat that she lives with has a kink in their tail. It is an inherited trait of all Siamese cats to have a kink in the tail but it has been gradually removed by cat breeders in the West through selective breeding to ‘refine’ the breed. There is an argument that they should have left it in because it is a natural trait and if you go to the Far East, you will see pointed street cats with the kink still in place.
Naga Munchetty is a well-known figure on BBC Breakfast’s television morning show. She is 46 years of age and lives in a country home with her husband James Haggar in Hertfordshire. She’s lived there since 2010 and it seems that she regards it as a sanctuary.
She has a nice backyard with an immaculately trimmed lawn which is going to be ideal for cats. I would expect her to let them out which is the normal attitude of British cat owners. Naga Munchetty has been a little bit controversial which has probably raised her profile. I don’t think that the controversies have done her any harm.
On one occasion she walked off BBC Breakfast after Carole Kirkwood apparently forgot her surname! And she is one of a number of female BBC presenters who achieved a substantial pay rise after an equalities dispute which found that the BBC was paying women less than men without justification.
On another occasion, in September 2019 Naga Munchetty was ruled to have breached the BBC’s guidelines by criticising US president Donald Trump for perceived racism. The BBC was criticised for upholding complaints about her comments. It was eventually overturned by the then Director-General Tony Hall who looked into it personally.
Her ‘non-stage name’ is Subha Nagalakshmi Munchetty-Chendriah. She grew up in Streatham, south London. Her mother is Indian and the father is Mauritian. Her television career started as a reporter for Reuters Financial Television. The estimated net worth (2020) of Naga Munchetty is between $3 Million to $4 Million USD. That is probably a massive guess.
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