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Watch: Richard Bacon 'doesn't mind' talking about Blue Peter cocaine scandal
The 45-year-old TV presenter and father-of-two was sacked from the BBC children's show in 1998 after a tabloid newspaper exposed his drug use. But the shamed broadcaster bounced back and has gone on to have a successful career in TV and radio.
Bacon told The Sun: “I don’t mind talking about Blue Peter or the cocaine. It’s all such a prominent part of my past.
“But I’m very comfortable making jokes about it. I just don’t care. It doesn’t make any difference to anything.”
But the producer of new BBC game show This Is MY House confessed he is relieved social media was not around in 1998 - as he believes he would have been lambasted far more about his drugs scandal.
Bacon said: “My experience on Blue Peter would have been very different if social media had been around.
“The intensity of the storm is even more fierce and more frightening now.
“If you’re caught up in a massive scandal there are probably tens of thousands of tweets about you.”
After being sacked from Children's BBC in 1998 and forced to hand over his Blue Peter badge Bacon went on to host Channel 4's The Big Breakfast in 2001, as well as Top Of The Pops and other reality shows. He also landed a late night hosting slot on Radio 5 Live.
In 2014 he moved to Los Angeles and moved into TV production. Following the success of his game show The Hustler, he has signed a lucrative contract with NBC Universal to create new shows.
This Is MY House, hosted by Stacey Dooley, has just launched on BBC One, in which a panel of celebrity judges - including comedian Bill Bailey actress Emily Atack, comedian Jamali Maddix and Loose Woman star Judi Love - must guess which of four contestants is the true owner of the home on show.
Bacon is also working on a memory quiz show I Literally Just Told You for Channel 4 and NBC.
In 2018 Bacon was placed in a medically induced coma after he fell ill on-board a flight to the US and was diagnosed with pneumonia.
He said: "The doctor said to me after I recovered, ‘If you get a critical illness in the next five years you’re 20 per cent more likely to die.
“So don’t get a critical illness in the next five years’. A year and a half after that, the pandemic hits.
"LA has been a good place to be during the pandemic. I have already had my first vaccination.”
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