EXCLUSIVE ‘It is unfair’: I’m A Celeb’s Richard Madeley addresses THOSE Alan Partridge comparisons
He has previously been dubbed the ‘real life Alan Partridge.’
And, when quizzed by MailOnline about the comparisons, Richard Madeley, 65, hit back, admitting: ‘It is unfair’ while also insisting that he isn’t ‘remotely important’ due to his ‘pointless’ career in entertainment TV.
Ahead of appearing in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! the much-loved presenter also revealed that his son-in-law James Haskell, 36 – who was previously in the show – advised him to ‘pipe down’ and ‘not lose your temper’ while in the castle.
‘It is a bit unfair!’ Richard Madeley, 65, has hit back at THOSE Alan Partridge comparisons, insisting ‘I honestly don’t care at all’ before admitting out of context quotes are ‘a bit unfair’
Addressing the Alan Partridge comparisons made about him. Richard insisted: ‘I honestly don’t care at all – it’s actually quite funny. It’s part and parcel of the job I do.
‘It’s so important that you don’t take yourself seriously, because you’re not gonna have a good time if you do.
‘Judy and I started out on This Morning which isn’t really hard news. I don’t go to warzones, I do popular television, which on the whole is pretty pointless, it’s just entertainment. It doesn’t mean you’re remotely important or interesting.
‘If people wanna take what I say – a quip or a comment – and compare me to Alan Partridge – good luck to them. I think some quotes are often taken so ludicracy out of context that it’s a bit unfair.’
Doppelganger: Richard has previously been dubbed the ‘real life Alan Partridge’ (pictured)
Pointless!? The broadacter also insisted that he isn’t ‘remotely important’ due to his ‘pointless’ career in entertainment TV
Real talk: ‘Judy and I started out on This Morning which isn’t really hard news… I do popular television, which on the whole is pretty pointless, it’s just entertainment’ said Richard (Pictured in 1988)
The TV personality also told how daughter Chloe’s husband James Haskell advised him to not ‘lose his temper’ during his I’m A Celeb stint.
Richard recalled: ‘James is huge. Chloe brought him home quite early on, after two or three months because she knew that he was the one. She brought him to the house on a Sunday afternoon.
‘The downstairs hall went dark like a total eclipse. He was huge. His whole frame filled the door and blocked the light. When he went in [to I’m A Celeb] he suffered from hunger a lot more than the others.
‘He had a flash point with the camp and shouted at them. People don’t like that. so he told me ‘don’t let the hunger get to you. Pipe down and don’t let it get the better of you!’.’
Advice: The TV personality also told how daughter Chloe’s husband James Haskell, 36, advised him to not ‘lose his temper’ during his I’m A Celeb stint (Pictured in January 2020)
Hangry: ‘When he went in [to I’m A Celeb] he suffered from hunger a lot more than the others. He had a flash point with the camp and shouted at them. People don’t like that’ said Richard
Richard – who was recently confirmed as Piers Morgan’s replacement on GMB – insisted that off-camera he’s a ‘peace maker’ and so believes he’s unlikely to get into arguments during his time in the castle.
The presenter said: ‘In real life – I bring – I’m quite a peace maker – certainly within the family and friends. When things get tense I’m good at calming things down.
‘That’s one of the things that I’ve got. I’m good at lowering the temperature when things get heated. I don’t think I’m gonna get confrontations in there.’
Elsewhere during the chat, Richard revealed that wife Judy ‘didn’t do back handsprings up the stairs’ when he told her he wanted to do the show, but that she understood why it was a challenge he was keen to take on.
Peacemaker: Richard – who recently replaced Piers Morgan on GMB – insisted that off-camera he’s a ‘peace maker’ believes he’s unlikely to get into arguments in the castle
He said: ‘In real life – I bring – I’m quite a peace maker – certainly within the family and friends. When things get tense I’m good at calming things down’
Explaining why he decided to sign up this year, he joked: ‘I keep asking myself that! ITV ask and I always say thanks but no thanks. Judy and I love the show. We have never missed a series.
‘This year when ITV asked, a light bulb went on and I thought… what’s happened is that it’s become a social part of the fabric of the UK. It’s more than just a TV show, it’s a big event every year. It’s no flash in the pan now.
‘With my journo hat on I thought I’d be quite curious to see what it’s like from the inside. I thought maybe I’d quite enjoy it.
‘I spoke to Judy and, although she didn’t do back handsprings up the stairs at the idea of me doing it, she understood why I might enjoy it. Judy wouldn’t dream of doing it herself.’
This is the year! Explaining why he decided to sign up this year, he joked: ‘I keep asking myself that! ITV ask and I always say thanks but no thanks’ (Pictured with his future campmates)
Richard also admitted that he will miss his beloved wife Judy while he’s on the show – and will also miss their wedding anniversary for the first time.
He said: ‘It is the longest time by far we’ve ever spent apart. Already it’s been almost two weeks. I can’t even talk to her. Sunday, when the first show goes out, is our 35th wedding anniversary. That will be the first anniversary I’ve missed – and it’s a big one.’
‘I spend every day with her, working or at home. I feel strangely dislocated – she’s my right arm.’
Ahead of his time in the castle, which could see him exist on basic meals of rice and beans, Richard admitted that he’s done no preparation at all.
He said: ‘Some people say cut down on food, but others say because you’re going to lose weight, so put it on [before you go in]. I’ve done neither.
‘I’m not a big eater I’m a grazer, I don’t clear my plate. I’m most worried about how I’m gonna cope with boredom. That’s why I want people to vote for me to do the trials.’
Discussing which trials he’s most fearful of, Richard confessed: ‘I don’t have any particular phobias, but the only thing I’m dreading – I’m not that comfortable with heights.
‘When I was eight years old I went to St Paul’s Cathedral and was stood in the Whispering Gallery and I just froze, and had to be carried out.
Bonding: ‘I don’t know all of them… like Naughty Boy. My mother died of dementia, so we can chat about that around the campfire – that’s a link!’ said Richard of his future campmates (Pictured as a child with his mother)
‘I don’t have vertigo but I’m not comfortable with heights. I almost want it to be something with tremendous height so I have to face up to it.’
Richard also admitted that he’s looking forward to bonding with Naughty Boy over their mothers having dementia.
Of the rumoured line-up of campmates, he said: ‘I don’t know all of them – particularly the young people, like Naughty Boy.
‘My mother died of dementia, so we can chat about that around the campfire – that’s a link.
‘You’ve got to be able to get on with people. You’re not gonna get very far if you can’t get on with people.’
I’m A Celebrity 2021 Line-up
CLAIM TO FAME:Broadcaster & ex BBC Breakfast Host
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: It’s nice to be able to show the fun side of me rather than the serious news presenter.
PHOBIAS:The idea of small, enclosed spaces with cockroaches and spiders is horrific!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will give out hugs and make the food more edible!
MISS MOST: My comfortable bed and lovely bath.
DREAM CAMPER: Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig – we wouldn’t have a problem getting stars if he were in the Castle.
CLAIM TO FAME: Olympic Gold Medallist
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People always see me as very composed and serious on the diving board. This will be a nice opportunity to let people get to know me better.
PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I don’t mind helping out with cleaning.
MISS MOST: My bed!
DREAM CAMPER: Ed Sheeran and Will Smith
CLAIM TO FAME: Radio 1Xtra DJ
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People know me as a very bubbly person but when I am outside of my comfort zone, I can be shy.
PHOBIAS: Bugs, heights and I’m claustrophobic.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I love twerking on a Friday night and I’m going to teach everyone how to do it in the Castle!
MISS MOST: My cat and lip gloss.
DREAM CAMPER: Jim Carrey and Big Narstie.
CLAIM TO FAME: TV presenter and journalist
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: Nothing. I don’t worry about what people think.
PHOBIAS: Heights. I’m not sure how I will feel if I have to walk across a plank very high up!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Cook and interviewer. I love finding out about people’s lives.
MISS MOST: Aside from Judy and my family, not knowing what is happening in the news. I am a news junkie.
DREAM CAMPER: The late Jimmy Greaves. I would have loved to chat about goal scoring in the Castle with him.
DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE
DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE
CLAIM TO FAME: Choreographer
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People don’t really know the real me at home and I’d like to show people the motherly side, the side my family sees.
PHOBIAS: I am hoping I will overcome my fears to take part in the Trials!
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and to organise some fun dance routines!
MISS MOST: My notepad and pencil –I am known for always having to write down ideas.
DREAM CAMPER: Giovanna Fletcher –she is such a lovely, warm person.