Louis Walsh was set to compete in I am A Celebrity – until he was talked by Simon Cowell out of it.
Walsh said: “I was supposed to be doing it. I met them three times, I was nearly going … Simon told me he didn’t think it would be good for my credibility. He actually talked me out of it. Otherwise I was going to do it.”
He added: “I might do I’m A Celebrity next year. I’m going to keep the door open. It depends who you’re in with, but then they don’t tell you who you’re going to be in with.
“And you’re in Australia for three weeks, no food, no sleep, people you don’t like. I can’t swim. I don’t like bugs, I don’t like spiders, I’d be totally out of my comfort zone. Totally!
“But then X Factor’s a bit of a jungle too. It’s a three month jungle as opposed to three weeks.”
The Irish TV presenter, 63, who was to market the YouView characteristic of Sony BRAVIA TV, said he’d discussed his ideas with Cowell with this year’s show.
He explained: “I speak to Sony time. I said and called Sony after the initial show: ‘you have destroyed the show.’ I had been ranting and raving at Sony.
However, I believe lots of folks are frightened to tell the truth to him. The Celebrity’m not.”
Walsh included: “I believe a lot’ve altered it far too much, because folks love the old fashioned: in the area, folks coming in, and simply being fair about their lives. There clearly was no large crowd there roaring and yelling, it was only you and a lot.”
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