Chris Tarrant admits spending first decade of TV career drunk

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Chris Tarrant admits spending first decade of TV career drunk credit:Bang Showbiz
Chris Tarrant admits spending first decade of TV career drunk credit:Bang Showbiz

Chris Tarrant spent the first 10 years of TV career drunk.

The 71-year-old TV star landed his breakthrough presenting role on ‘ATV Today’ but confessed in his new memoir ‘It’s Not a Proper Job' that he started boozing on the first day of work after he was “shown the ropes" by late reporter John Swallow.

The former 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?' host explained how his new boss had taken him to the local pub as soon as he started first thing in the morning.

Chris wrote: "On the day I began, I met a lovely guy called John Swallow. His idea of showing me the ropes was to go to The Crown pub.

"It was just after half 10 and my new boss was pouring pints down my neck.

"This became the normal pattern for most of the next 10 years. We would take what we always referred to as the 'livener', then start our day.

"We would almost certainly have a couple more at lunchtime and then there was the Green Room - open during transmission."

Back in 2018, the ‘Tiswas’ presenter was slapped with a 12-month driving ban and fined £6,000 after he was caught drink driving following a lunchtime pub visit.

The TV presenter admitted to getting behind the wheel of his Mercedes after drinking at the Bladebone Inn to drive to his home in Berkshire just over a mile away.

It was reported that he has been there since 12:30pm downing brandy and port to a point that he could no longer walk straight and stumbled on his way out.

Reflecting on his actions at the time, he told The Mirror back in 2019: "I was silly and I have learned my lesson.

"It’s the small things I miss. I can’t just pop down the shops, and we are right in the sticks.”

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