An Id­iot Abroad

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Karl Pilk­ing­ton hates trav­el­ling. And that’s what makes him the per­fect host of com­edy-themed travel show An Id­iot Abroad (2010-2014). It’s based on the books by his co­me­dian friends Ricky Gervais and Stephen Mer­chant (who’re also the ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers and pop up in the show) and they send Karl on ridicu­lous ad­ven­tures. At least the 44year-old takes things in his stride, for the most part…

“The shark episode (sea­son 2 epi1

sode 3, 2011) was not fun,” Karl says. He was cage div­ing with Great White sharks in Aus­tralia and adds that “I gen­uinely feared for my life. I was ready to call it quits right there”.

The one place that does scare the 2

co­me­dian, TV host and ra­dio per­son­al­ity is the hospi­tal – in 2006 he had kid­ney stones re­moved and says that there’s no other pain like it.

Karl says that “the smartest thing 3

I did was start dat­ing her” – he’s talk­ing about his long-term girl­friend Suzanne Whis­ton. They’ve been in a re­la­tion­ship since the early ’90s.

And although Suzanne’s twit­ter 4

pro­file @Suzan­neWhis­ton says that she’s “the proud wife of karl”, Karl said just last year that “I don’t see the point of weddings. A lot of money that could go into your mort­gage. Or you go to the court on the cheap and then what?”

Not that Karl has much to worry 5

about with money – his com­pany Round Ed Pro­duc­tions with 47-year-old Suzanne had £2.5 mil­lion (R43 mil­lion) in its bank ac­count in 2015.

So what’s the best ex­pe­ri­ence 6

he’s had on An Id­iot Abroad? “We were in South Africa on sa­fari (sea­son 2 episode 5, 2011) and some­one had a pet hippo. I got to mas­sage it,” he says.

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