Alan Carr on his ‘strange rivalry’ with the late Sir Bruce Forsyth

Alan Carr recalled his “strange rivalry” with the late Sir Bruce Forsyth.

he humorously told how the veteran entertainer and presenter, who passed away in August 2017 at the age of 89, chose his breakout talk show Chatty Man as a “hit”.

Aired on Channel 4, the show spanned 16 series from 2009 to 2016.

Carr will return as the host of Epic Gameshow on ITV, where contestants compete in classic gameshow formats for prizes or cash.


Sir Bruce Forsyth predicts Alan Carr’s show Chatty Man will be a huge hit (Anthony Devlin/PA)

These include Play Your Cards Right and The Price Is Right, both hosted by Sir Bruce in his heyday.

Carr told the PA news agency that he “will never” be able to archive the old formats as well as their original collections.

He added: “He was my first guest on Chatty Man, Sir Bruce, and I am delighted to have him on the show.

“The next day, I got a phone call and I couldn’t recognize the number so I didn’t pick up, and then when I heard my voicemail, Brucey said he enjoyed coming to Chatty Man. .

“He was like: ‘I think you got a hit in the arm! I love it!’ I have cherished it for many years.

“Me and Sir Bruce used to laugh. When he was on Chatty Man, I used to joke about the age of his jokes on stage.

“And then I remember him telling a joke live on Serious to no good results, and he said: ‘Alan Carr told me that joke!’ So we had a strange rivalry going on.

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“For me, there would be, ‘Higher, lower!’ I mean, it’s a dream come true.”

Carr said the previous few years of the pandemic and the rise in the cost of living gave the new series a “real energy”.

“What I found with all of them is, I think everyone has had a really tough couple of years, because the prize is so big – having a car or a vacation or It’s just a cash prize – there’s an intensity there where people really want to win, because money is so tight.

“There’s a real energy to them and really, you really start to want people to really win this money because it’s going to do them a lot of good.”

Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow airs on ITV and ITV Hub. Alan Carr on his ‘strange rivalry’ with the late Sir Bruce Forsyth

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