Alan Titchmarsh shuns Strictly Come Dancing stint as he’d rather be ‘old fogey’
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Alan Titchmarsh has ruled out ever doing reality TV like Strictly Come Dancing and I’m A Celebrity – saying he would rather be an “old fogey” sat at home watching TV or making gardening shows instead.
The 71-year-old is still regularly on TV gardening and hosting TV shows but will not cash in with an appearance on a celeb based series.
He said: “I’ve been asked to go on both Strictly and I’m a Celebrity and you won’t see me on either.
"I’m very flattered to have been asked, but all things considered, I’d rather sit down and watch Doc Martin, which my children call ‘old fogey television’. I’m happy to be an old fogey.
“I don’t go a bundle on reality TV, but I got hooked on Netflix ’s Selling Sunset, which is about Beverly Hills estate agents and so outrageous – my younger daughter and I would talk about it.”
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During the last few months in lockdown Alan has put on half a stone after breaking his ankle at home in September.
This has left him frustrated as he had been losing weight in lockdown last year while tending to his gardens and doing 26,000 steps a day.
Thankfully despite lockdown he has managed to continue to film his ITV series Love You Weekend from home which he is grateful for and says it is a “lifeline” for some people, giving them a connection to the countryside when they can’t visit.
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Speaking to Radio Times on his future, he added: “I keep saying that I need to slow down and try to be better at saying no, but I’d rather wear out than rust.
"My wife worries a bit that I do too much. I now have a rule that I’ll only spend one night away from home because I like being with my family too much.”
Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh is on ITV at 10am on Sunday.
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