I’m glad I said ‘deal’ to Deal Or No Deal!

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Focus -

NOEL’S for­tunes started to im­prove when he agreed to host the hit show Deal Or No Deal, left.

The for­mat proved ex­tremely lu­cra­tive, earn­ing him tens of mil­lions of pounds.

But he nearly missed out on those riches by turn­ing down the idea – not once, but twice. He ad­mits he was re­luc­tant to do the pro­gramme, say­ing: ‘I’d only seen the French ver­sion of the show, which made me think they were go­ing to cast me as some­one like Bruce Forsyth on speed.’

But de­spite his mis­giv­ings, the show proved a huge suc­cess, al­low­ing him to re­build his fi­nances and buy an­other beau­ti­ful home. The loss of his Broom­ford estate in his dis­pute with HBOS had been a par­tic­u­lar blow.

‘I turned down the show twice, when I re­ally needed the money,’ he adds. ‘There is a theme to my broad­cast­ing ca­reer – I’ve never done any­thing just for the money.’

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