Big Narstie has revealed that he was forced to quit The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer after he collapsed and was rushed to hospital.
Without much of an explanation, the grime artist and host of the Big Narstie Show was replaced by Sandi Toksvig half-way through his time on the Channel 4 show.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Narstie has now revealed that he had to quit the programme after his body “gave up” on him.
“Truth be told, between TV and my music career, they’ve been working me like a prostitute,” he said. “So f***ing nine days with only 24 hours sleep. I f***ing collapsed, you get me?
“I went to hospital. That was a wake up that I really needed to slow down. I’m only a human being. I’m not a robot.
He added: “I realised that opportunities don’t mean s*** if you’re not healthy. If I haven’t rested or I haven’t slept or had food or done the normal basic things as a human being, how could I stand in front of a camera and do stuff, you know what I mean? It’s mad!
“When my body just gave up it was crazy! At night I just felt a bit f***ed up and then it all went downhill.”
Despite his health scare – and the fact he failed to impress judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood – Narstie was still thoroughly pleased with his bakes on the show.
“My rasta pie – vibes!” he said. “My doggy biscuits were flavours! Snap! It was like school biscuits with custard!”