Chris Tarrant has confessed that he started his television career by drinking alcohol throughout the day to aid his on-air performance.
The 75 year old Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? started on the current affairs program mountain biking today in the 60s and revealed in his memoir that he drank pints of ‘livener’ at 10:30.
Tarrant wrote in his new book It’s not a good job: “The day I started 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 10.30 p.m. and my new boss was pouring pints down my neck.
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“It became the normal pattern for most of the next 10 years. We would take what we always called the ‘invigorator’ and then start our day.”
He added: “We would almost certainly have a few more at lunchtime and then there was the green room – open during transmission.”
The TV presenter rose to fame in the 1970s by starring in a children’s TV show It was.
Tarrant received a 12-month driving ban and a £6,000 fine after pleading guilty to drunk driving in 2018.
The radio DJ took a breathalyzer test after lunch in a Berkshire pub and was found to have 50 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.
He said afterwards: “I made a mistake and I paid for it. I shouldn’t have driven. Complete stop.”
Tarrant suffered a mini-stroke on a Bangkok-London flight in 2014.
He later revealed that he had changed his lifestyle in an effort to be healthier, including reducing his drinking habits.
He said: “I still eat meat but I don’t drink whiskey at all – I used to drink a lot. My consultant said, ‘Excess, excess, excess’. I did everything too much strong.
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“A really good mate bought me a bottle of vintage whiskey! What a stupid thing to do! I now associate whiskey with death, with falling.”
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