Mainly be­cause Yanks don’t un­der­stand me)

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But the com­mis­sioner rung back and spoke to some­one else. Then I had a look at it and said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it’.”

Paddy con­fesses that fronting the dat­ing show for ITV in 2010 was a “bap­tism of fire”. “I won’t even watch that first se­ries any more,” he said. “I had a real chip on my shoul­der back then. I thought, ‘I can do that, piece of p**s’.

“Then I quickly re­alised I couldn’t do it as well as Der­mot O’Leary or Dav­ina Mc­Call or Ant and Dec. They make it look easy. That’s the mo­ment where I knuck­led down and learned i it and ev­ery­thing changed for me.

“I settl set­tled down and started to be a bit more sen­si­ble a and nail be­ing a good pre­sen­ter.”

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