US are Bolton won­der­ers Amer­i­cans can’t un­der­stand Paddy’s ac­cent

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TELLY fun­ny­man Paddy McGuin­ness’s Hol­ly­wood dreams were dashed when US pro­duc­ers needed sub­ti­tles to un­der­stand his Bolton ac­cent. He was be­ing con­sid­ered as host for the Amer­i­can ver­sion of his hit dat­ing series Take Me Out be­fore be­ing re­jected. In­stead, they plumped for Amer­i­can co­me­dian Ge­orge Lopez (be­low), but the series was short-lived State­side, run­ning for just eight episodes, while it’s still go­ing strong in Blighty. Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to me, Paddy, 44, says: “Fox TV wanted Take Me Out, and they asked about me. Our ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer showed them an episode and, no word of a lie, they couldn’t un­der­stand me. So she had to go back, get it sub­ti­tled. “They went for Ge­orge Lopez – so that was my Amer­i­can Dream squashed. It was never any­thing that kept me awake at night. I’m re­ally happy do­ing what I do.”

The fa­ther of two adds: “In my job peo­ple think you’re out at every kind of party – I did all that years ago. I’m a lot more mel­low now. I just re­ally like be­ing at home, with the kids in bed, telly on, a take­away, with my shorts and T-shirt on. I like get­ting back to my own bed.”

He talks about pop­ping round to life­long pal Peter Kay’s house to have a pint, be­fore rem­i­nisc­ing about his up­bring­ing watch­ing Corrie with his mum and join­ing her while she worked as a cleaner in bingo halls.

His up­bring­ing played a part in Paddy’s de­ci­sion to be­come the new face of on­line bingo and gam­ing site Jack­ “I know that world,” he says.

Pre­vi­ously fronted by EastEn­der Bar­bara Wind­sor, Jack­potjoy’s cam­paign will also see his face on a din­ner plate.

Paddy laughed: “To take over the crown from a le­gend like Bar­bara Wind­sor is a huge hon­our. She’s the Queen of Bingo.” ■■Bingo fans can claim their plate by vis­it­ing arightroyald­ Michelle Kee­gan. I watched Our Girl and thought she was amaz­ing. She was also great in Tina and Bobby. She’s come from Coro­na­tion Street and re­ally made a name for her­self.

Wes is out­voted as he’s in a house full of girls, so he gets de­moted to the cin­ema room and the girls get what they want. The TV is usu­ally on the Dis­ney Chan­nel. ■■The Real House­wives of Cheshire is on ITVBe at 10pm on Monday

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