In their first interview since Ginger Spice (a.k.a. Geri Halliwell) shocked the free
world by announcing that she had left the all-female, mega-selling British pop
group, the Spice Girls lived up to their name, and then some.
"Geri was never in charge in the first place," the newly reduced quartet
reportedly insisted in an interview with BBC Radio One's "Breakfast Show" DJ
Kevin Greening. The encounter with Greening for England's BBC News
occurred at the Girls' Palm Beach, Fla., hotel room Monday on the eve of their
current U.S. tour. Throughout the interview, the mood of the four remaining
Spices was peppery, to say the least.
When asked about his opportunity to grill the Spice Girls on Ginger Spice's
recent departure, Greening said, "They were squirming and dodging questions.
What they did not say was probably more revealing than what they did say."
Greening asked the Girls who would be in charge of the group now that Ginger
has departed, and Baby Spice (a.k.a. Emma Bunton) quickly took offense.
"Obviously, Geri was very good at talking, and sometimes she took that role, but
it doesn't mean she was in charge of us," Baby Spice said.
Determined to get at the heart of this Spicey dilemma, Greening persisted,
pushing for reasons as to why Ginger quit. "It's none of your business," Sporty
Spice (a.k.a. Mel C) said. "The fact is Geri's left, the Spice Girls are continuing,
and that's all you need to know."
When the Girls began objecting to his incessant questioning on the subject of
Ginger's departure, Greening explained that these were answers that their fans
wanted to know. Baby Spice responded that she had spoken with many fans
who had not asked about Ginger.
Greening retorted, "Maybe they were too polite to ask."
To which an angry Baby Spice replied, "No, don't lie. It's just the press and you
The Spices reportedly told Greening that they are "completely over" Ginger's
departure, which Posh Spice (a.k.a. Victoria Adams) said was "as big a surprise
to us as it was to everyone else."
Later that evening, the Girls kicked off their 40-city U.S. tour with a concert in
Palm Beach. The band is performing without Ginger, although she appears
momentarily in some old footage on the tour's giant video screen.
Another sticky subject that Greening broached during the interview was the
World Cup soccer match between England and Tunisia. Even though Posh
Spice (a.k.a. Victoria Adams) is supposed to be engaged to David Beckham, a
player on the English team, the girls were terse on the subject. Baby Spice told
Greening, "Do you know what? We're here to talk about the show, not football."
After matching wits with the vixens, Greenberg told BBC News, "They
were on edge from beginning to end. They were obviously, from the outset,
expecting a hard time. I'd only asked them about the football and ... they were
already huffing and puffing."