Ulrika Jonsson reveals 'bed-hopping' behind the scenes of 'Gladiators'

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·Contributor
·2-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Watch: Ulrika Jonsson shares details of 'bed-hopping' while filming Gladiators

Ulrika Jonsson has lifted the lid on the “bed-hopping” that went on behind the scenes on Gladiators.

The TV star, 53, presented the hit 90s show with John Fashanu and has now revealed that the “scandals were never far away”.

She opened up in The Sun, not long after former Gladiator Jefferson King (Shadow) was pictured in a mug shot after admitting to being involved in a blackmail plot.

Ulrika Jonsson and John Fashanu hosted Gladiators in its heyday. (Photo by David Jones - PA Images via Getty Images)
Ulrika Jonsson and John Fashanu hosted Gladiators (PA Images via Getty Images)

Jonsson said when she started on the show she was “astounded by the arrogance” of some of the Gladiators.

Read more: John Fashanu backs Gladiators for TV return

“That first year in the Hyatt Regency hotel, which we more or less took over, there was a lot of bed-hopping, as there would be with a bunch of young, virile men and women with insane bodies,” she shared.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND:  Wolf (Michael van Wijk) and host Ulrika Jonsson during the filming of Gladiators for Comic Relief at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, which was shown during the Red Nose Day telethon on March 14, 1997. The event raised over £27m for charitable causes. (Photo by George Bodnar/Comic Relief via Getty Images) (Photo by Comic Relief/Comic Relief via Getty Images)
Wolf (Michael van Wijk) and host Ulrika Jonsson during the filming of Gladiators for Comic Relief (Comic Relief via Getty Images)

“Apparently, there were quite a few multiples of people enjoying a bit of rough and tumble under the covers, while I was up in my room writing the script and furiously trying to learn my lines.”

Jonsson also addressed rumours of steroid use on the programme, saying that “by the mid-90s, the show’s producers started testing the cast”.

“I was clear every time, for the record,” she said.

(L-R) Lightning, Jet and Scorpio, of the ITV series Gladiators, in London. The super-fit gladiators will meet again in a series of spectacular games on ITV in the autumn as part of its new autumn schedule.   (Photo by Neil Munns - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
(L-R) Lightning, Jet and Scorpio, of the ITV series Gladiators (Neil Munns - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Jonsson became embroiled in a bit of a scandal of her own when she had a dalliance with Hunter.

“I was the focus of attention when I was unfaithful to my husband in 1995 with Gladiator Hunter, aka James Crossley," she said.

“It wasn’t my finest hour, but happily it wasn’t a sackable offence.

Ulrika Jonsson attending the UK Premiere of This Is Us, Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square, London.
Ulrika Jonsson (PA)

“If anything, the publicity surrounding the affair may even have been deemed a positive by the producers.”

The star said she felt "privileged" to have been a part of the TV hit, which originally aired from 1992 to 2000 and was rebooted from 2008 to 2009.

Read more: Ulrika Jonsson says she'd love a toyboy and would happily date a man of 21

Describing herself and the Gladiators as a “giant, dysfunctional, maladjusted family”, she added that she’d made some great friends on the show.

Watch: Ulrika Jonsson has joined Tinder

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting