Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson explains moving away from reality TV

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Sam Thompson left Made in Chelsea back in 2019, but he's continued to keep busy.

Along with appearing as a panellist on Love Island: Aftersun and presenting a new upcoming documentary, he also hosts a regular show on Hits Radio.

Admitting he’s landed his dream job, he said exclusively to Digital Spy: "This is everything I’m focusing on, but I never had a moment where I thought I had to get out of reality TV.

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"I think age comes into it a bit. You get to a certain age and want to do different stuff. I wanted to get a job where I could climb a ladder, and do things I really enjoy. I don’t think reality TV can be classed as a job, it’s an experience."

He continued he still had a lot of love for the genre of reality TV, and wouldn’t rule anything out in the future.

"I love it because it’s like being a hamster in a social experiment and it’s cool, and not many people get to experience that, but it’s not a job," he said.

"I wanted to figure out what I really loved doing and I got so lucky to fall into my dream job. It’s pretty awesome."

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He also spoke about presenting the show solo, as he usually has someone beside him such as best friend Pete Wicks.

"I love people so I never feel like I am [solo], because it’s radio, I love to get people calling and texting in.

"It’s really conversational and reactive, so it’s a lot of talking to people and getting people’s stories in. I never feel alone, but it is true, I lead the show and it’s just me. But I feel like I have a family."

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He continued: "It helps that I have a guest on too. We had Lewis Capaldi on who I am a massive fan of.

"But being a radio host has really let me release my inner fan. I get to speak to all these people I’ve looked up to for so long, even if they are younger than me.

"It’s everything I’ve wanted to do, and I hope I’m good at it but I’m still learning. I’m relatively new and there’s so many people to look up to."

Catch Sam Thompson (@SamThompsonUK) on Hits Radio from Monday - Thursday at 7pm.

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