TV PADDY ON LIKEYS I’d choose Bolton over Hollywood
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.
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