Tony Blackburn was high on ecstasy and lusted after Angela Rippon in drug confession


Tony Blackburn has been candid about his experiences with drugs, revealing he once accidentally took ecstasy, thinking it was a headache pill instead

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Radio king Tony Blackburn has poked fun at his sex, drug and pop music antics – and fell in love with Angela Rippon while high on ecstasy.

The Radio 2 DJ, 79, also became obsessed with traffic lights during an “amazing” ride on hash cake.

Though he enjoyed the Swinging Sixties, Tony insists he was “never interested in drugs” — or even offered them — during that decade. And while he’s adamant he doesn’t “do drugs,” he admitted, “I’ve experienced them.”

On one occasion, Tony took an ecstasy pill he believed to be paracetamol – given to him by his late pal, DJ Steve Walsh.

Tony Blackburn said he once took ecstasy because he thought it was a headache pill



“I thought it was a headache pill, but suddenly I got really hot,” Tony said. “I went home and sat down and watched Nine O’Clock News and really enjoyed it.”

Laughing, he recalled finding the episode “beautiful,” noting, “Angela Rippon did it.”

And on a trip to New York in 1985, he stopped at a New York soul station and “was next door to a DJ who had a bag of cocaine.” He said: “During the show he stuffed that stuff up his nose. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Blackburn said he saw news anchor Angela Rippon, pictured in 1976, after accidentally taking ecstasy



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He continued, “But after that, the program controller offered us this hash cake. And I thought, ‘Why not?’ It was the most amazing time of my life. We had the best time.”

“We got in this cab and every stop light we stopped at was red, we burst out laughing.”

He joked to Danny Wallace and Phil Hilton on their Manatomy podcast that his fondness for traffic lights lives on to this day.

He has been a radio presenter since the 1960s


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“The M25, Junction 23. There are the most amazing light sequences around the roundabout,” he said. “There’s never a traffic jam. Sometimes I just go to see it.”

Tony admitted his biggest regret was revealing in his 1985 autobiography Living Legend that he had slept with 300 women. “I’m not proud of it,” he said. “My mom and dad weren’t too happy about it. It was a bit cheesy.”

He also spoke about becoming addicted to Valium following his 1977 divorce from Tessa Wyatt, with whom he has a son. Tony also has a daughter with his second wife Debbie.

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