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Holly Willoughby says new co-host Lee Mack is the ‘funniest’ person she’s worked with

Holly Willoughby is usually found nestled in a cozy London TV studio but that all had to change because of her latest showbiz gig.

For her new series, Freeze Fear with Wim Hof, Holly defied the sub-zero temperatures of the Northern Alps.

Though unlike the eight celebs who take on the cold challenges, she’s always tangled, dry, and utterly charming.

Holly, 41, says she was distracted by the extreme cold by co-host Lee Mack, who she describes as “the funniest person I’ve ever worked with.”

Forget giggling with This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield and joking around with Dec while standing in Ant on I’m a Celebrity – comedian Lee choked her the most.







Holly Willoughby and Lee Mack host Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof
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It will see celebrities, including former footballer Patrice Evra, take on challenges
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“I’ve never worked with anyone as funny as Lee,” she said. “On screen, off screen. We had the best time. Anyway I’m a huge fan of his. Being with him we had a lot of laughs. He relentlessly trying to make me giggle constantly.”

The idea for the show came after Holly was struck by the so-called ‘Ice Man’ Wim Hof, whose idea that deep breathing and cold water therapy could boost the immune system, fight depression and stress straight.

“I’m a scared cat,” she says, “My fear is fear — I fear everything. I’m always looking for things to make life a little easier, or a little better. And I’m making more progress with it, but anything I can add to my toolkit helps.

“Over the last couple of years, I’ve searched in all different areas trying to find something – it has to be something pretty simple that fits into my life. Someone recommended it. give me the whole Wim Hof ​​method that I’ve never heard of.”







Wim Hof ​​is known for enduring freezing temperatures (Credit: BBC)
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She discussed it with her husband Dan Baldwin, a television producer who examines every experience in life with the question ‘Will this work on television?’

Holly said: “I said we should do the breathing and if we’re brave enough we can take a cold shower – not together, separately! Suddenly you realize, this works, and it’s amazing – and they’ve made the most incredible display around it.”

The show brings together former football player Patrice Evra, the broadcaster Gabby Logan, opera singer Alfie Boe, actress Tamzin Outhwaite, weatherman Owain Wyn Evans, Dianne Buswell of Serious, rapper Professor Green and singer football Chelcee Grimes to the mountains of Italy.

Over eight episodes, the group takes on harder and harder challenges as they become better at controlling their minds and bodies. Holly says the cold cannot be taken lightly.







Tamzin Outhwaite is one of the celebrities participating in the show
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“It froze,” she recalls. “Some days, the temperature is minus five or six. I can have thermal bags in every layer of my ski suit. I know, I’m poor,” she added.

In next Tuesday’s opening, viewers will see celebrities leaping across the ice to the freezing depths below and performing a straight forward plunge down a sheer cliff. It is not for the faint of heart.

Holly said the changes she witnessed in the group were astounding. She added: “As the whole process is going, I’m very jealous of what they’re doing, because you can see the transformation.”

She continued: “You can see what they’re coming out and it’s potentially contagious. You want that for yourself. And even though I don’t dance in the cold, I’ve changed my mind. just by being around it.”







Viewers will also see Chelcee Grimes (right), pictured with Wim, taking on the challenges
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The mother of three thinks she can deal with the challenges faced by celebrities under the age of zero, given the chance.

“I think the experience they’ve had, really cold water therapy with Wim Hof, is such an opportunity,” Holly said. “I absolutely could have jumped at the chance to do it.”

But Lee feels very different. The comedian admitted: “I absolutely can’t tell you guys how much I wouldn’t be able to do. little but none.”

The pair attempted a cold shower in solidarity with the shaking celebs – but Lee only lasted about three seconds. Holly claims to have a video of the incident and that she will one day share it on Instagram.







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Although not involved, Lee, 53, enjoyed working with The Iceman. He said: “Wim is a true lunatic – I mean he’s crazy as hell but in every best way.

“I’ve never known anyone who is passionate about what he does. He’s the most real person I’ve ever seen on TV.”

And the 53-year-old admits his on-screen skepticism was just an act. He said: ‘I have great faith in what Wim does, but most of my sexual partners, they won’t know about this.

“So I thought, ‘I’ll be the one asking the question’. In fact, I have complete confidence in everything he’s doing. I’m just trying to be skeptical for the sake of those who don’t believe in this. “

Lee says that, without any exclusions to fret about, the series is like a kinder version of ITV’s big hit I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of here.

“Really I have to say, I’ve never done a show like this, and I’m not really a big fan of this kind of television,” he added. “But what I love about this is that we’re not trying to starve people and purposefully make the lines go or try to show the negativity that you see so much in shows of this style. I feel positive there.”







Lee co-hosts the new show, starting next week
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“For a performance set in the cold, it has a lot of warmth,” says Holly.

Speaking of warmth, Lee admits that his decision to wear a giant down jacket backfired. He said: “I think it would be pretty funny for me if celebrities were in the cold and I was constantly wearing a faux fur coat with a mug of hot chocolate.

“The reality is that even when I look as if I’m swaddled, most of the time I’m completely boiling.”

Producer Dan agrees that while the show contains tough challenges, it’s very different for I’m a Celebrity. “It’s not about putting people in a situation where they’re covered in spiders or anything like that. Everything has a purpose. Wim really cares about people,” he said.

Holly said co-host Lee is funny even when he’s not trying to be. “Working with Lee was like working with Frank Spencer,” she said. “He lost everything. He lost two sets of car keys and had to get someone out to break into his car.”







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And Lee thinks Holly is a natural comic series. “She’s as good as any comedian or comedian at knowing where the jokes are,” he said.

In the first episode, Dutchman Hof explains that he learned to endure the harsh cold as a way of dealing with pain decades ago. “I really realized the benefits of cold when I was grieving the death of my wife, Olaya, in 1995,” he explains.

“I was left alone with four children to care for and no money, dealing with painful emotions and needing to be strong. The children kept me alive but it was the cold that brought me back to life. .”

The techniques he developed have allowed him to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts and run a half-marathon barefoot in the Arctic Circle. Wim, 62, says: “What I’m capable of, everyone can learn. It’s not about being tough, it’s about controlling your own fear.”

Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof ​​starts next Tuesday (April 12) on BBC One at 9pm.

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