Noel Edmonds was mouthing off in the press the other day, in an attempt to whip up interest in his wretched one-off Sky One show.
The self-styled Prime Minister-in-waiting (a bit like Hughie Green when he used Opportunity Knocks to try and take over the country in the late 1970s) moaned about, among other things, immigrants, people who knock astrologists, and the licence fee. “I’m so incensed by the idea that I’m guilty of something that I actually cancelled my licence fee a few months ago,” Noel thundered, bizarrely. “They haven’t found me, and nobody’s come knocking on the door.” Yes Noel, that’s because you live in a palace behind Berlin Wall-style ramparts that make it impossible for anyone to knock on your door.
Anyway, a few years ago when Noel was a nicer person and Deal Or No Deal had just started and people genuinely enjoyed his presence, he used to get in the papers every week for saying this kind of stuff. Albeit stuff of a far less offensive, more entertaining fashion.
Some of these escapades into print were used to fill up editions of the now defunct Digi-Cream Times mailout. Here were five of the best.
1) Noel gets into a fight with Mike Read
Edmonds crosses swords with his Saturday morning successor concerning the latter’s participation in Channel Five’s The Curse Of Noel Edmonds. Mike refuses to step outside, instead offering to write Noel an apologetic letter, though just as intriguing is the fact it all takes place at a party hosted by Anthea Turner.
2) Noel breaks the land speed record
Edmonds confesses he once drove a car at 186mph. It being Noel, there is some shameless innuendo worked into the tale, to the tune of an admission he once had sex in a Range Rover. “You can’t say you love cars if you haven’t ever made love in one,” Noel hisses.
3) Noel falls out with Ricky Gervais
Gervais is supposed to be collecting some kind of Lifetime Achievement Award from Noel at an awards ceremony. But he refuses to accept the award off Edmonds, citing unhappiness at this clash of cultures (i.e. popular v. unpopular – Noel being the former, naturally). It is unclear whether Noel subsequently asked Gervais to step outside for a fistfight.
4) Noel advocates infidelity
One of a number of celebrities canvassed for their view on what they see themselves doing “when I’m 64”, Noel testifies to wishing for a 64th birthday “spent in a hotel room bed, with someone else’s husband banging on the door”.
5) Noel gets a disease that gives him a Beadle hand
“It’s a bit ridiculous, but I am in agony.” The man does himself a mischief and makes it into the pages of the Daily Telegraph. “After 40 years in entertainment,” Noel whines, “I can at last boast that I have suffered an industrial injury.” The cause of this shocking turn of events? The Deal Or No Deal phone. “It’s pretty heavy and I have to pick it up a dozen times a show. We shoot three shows a day and it got so painful that I could hardly pick the bleeding thing up. I didn’t know what was wrong so I went to a consultant in Bristol last week and she diagnosed it as repetitive strain injury, rather like tennis elbow. She said she was a huge fan of the show and was sure that it must be from picking up the phone.”