TV PADDY ON LIKEYS I’d choose Bolton over Hol­ly­wood

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Amy Sharpe

TV joker Paddy McGuin­ness is con­vinced a daz­zling ca­reer in Hol­ly­wood passed him by – be­cause Amer­i­cans are flum­moxed by his ac­cent.

The Bolton-born Take Me Out host was taken aback when pro­duc­ers of a US spin-off of his hit dat­ing show asked for SUB­TI­TLES.

They had been watch­ing the footage in wide-eyed in­com­pre­hen­sion.

But Paddy said he couldn’t care less about be­ing re­jected for the job of pre­sent­ing the Amer­i­can ver­sion be­cause he’d rather be in Bolton any­way.

The 44- year- old, renowned for catch­phrases such as “no likey, no lighty” and “let the hanky see the panky”, told the Sun­day Peo­ple he is happy to stay true to his roots.

He said: “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 an Amer­i­can co­me­dian called Ge­orge Lopez so that was my Amer­i­can dream squashed.

“I think they told him, ‘Watch the show, watch this fella and then do that’. I saw one where he said, ‘Let the sausage see the peppers’ and I thought, what does that mean? But it must mean some­thing in Amer­ica.

“Break­ing Amer­ica’s great if that’s your mind­set but for me it was never any­thing that kept me awake at night. “I’m re­ally happy do­ing what I do.” Paddy ad­mits he en­joys a much qui­eter life than fans might ex­pect.


He loves a night in with wife Chris­tine, 29, his kids – twins Pene­lope and Leo, four, and Felic­ity, 10 months – and a take­away.

Paddy said: “I don’t have a show­bizzy life. I’m al­ways in, out and straight back home.

“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.

“Some­times my wife will say, ‘Oh you’re quiet to­day’, and it’s be­cause my job is all talk­ing.

“So some­times when I’m at home I’ll nat­u­rally be quiet just be­cause I’m sick of talk­ing and that’s the job. I just re­ally like be­ing at home, with the kids in bed, telly on, a take­away – some­times I’ll go salt-and-pep­per ribs, some­times a curry – with my shorts and T-shirt on. I like get­ting back to my own bed.”

And Paddy re­mains as close as ever with old school friend Peter Kay, who he ap­peared with in That Peter Kay Thing, Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere. He said he reck­oned they’ll be pals for life.

While the pre­sen­ter won’t be fol­low­ing in fel­low Brit James Cor­den’s foot­steps to crack Amer­ica, he is un­doubt­edly a house­hold name on Bri­tish soil.

Last night his new show, Even Bet­ter Than The Real Thing – which sees top trib­ute acts com­pete against one another – aired on BBC1. More thant seven years af­ter the show first And he’s set to film the tenth se­ries of hit aired, Pad­dyPa re­mains pas­sion­ate about it. “I dat­ing show Take Me Out in Novem­ber. thor­ough­lythor­ough en­joy do­ing it,” he said. “It’s the

In­cred­i­bly, Paddy ad­mits he al­most didn’t same crewcr that have worked on the show itt“since it “Last “be­gan week­en­dand it’s two re­al­lyof the tight-knit.crew on the do the show that sky­rock­eted his ca­reer.

He said: “One of the girls who used to look af­ter me took the ini­tial call from the show­sho got mar­ried as well. As well as com­mis­sion­ing ed­i­tor at Chan­nel 4. They that,th we’ve had chil­dren be­ing born. said they had this dat­ing show come It’sIt amaz­ing that’s hap­pened from through and asked if I’d do it. ouro show.”

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