It would upset me Nick Knowles breaks silence on his decision to quit showbiz circuit

Nick Knowles hosts ‘Historyonics’ on BBC

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People from reality programmes would go past without signing autographs

Nick Knowles

“A load of people from reality programmes would go past without signing [any] and it would upset me.”

The big-hearted TV presenter may be more sensitive than most to the impact of unkindness, having recently been trolled severely for his decision to film a Children In Need Special for DIY SOS. 

The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star has also worked closely with the children’s charity Act Against Bullying in the past. 

His other concerns involved Prince William and Prince Harry, both of whom he had previously worked with on shows. 

“It’s a great sadness that they are not seeing eye to eye,” he continued, in a conversation with The Mirror. 

Describing them as “really great lads”, he added, “I hope they find a way to find their way through it”.

It comes amid a reported feud between the royal brothers.

Although Nick has become disillusioned with the negative side of fame and has expressed a wish to avoid the glitzy parties now, he will soon return to his usual role on DIY SOS. 

He was sensationally almost sacked when an ad campaign he starred in for Shreddies broke the terms of his contract with the BBC.

Devoted Nick had been part of the show since its very first episode in 1999, and was reportedly devastated to see his role come into question.

He eventually came to an agreement with the BBC earlier this year, but was forced to step down as its presenter until his Shreddies campaign was over.

His replacement, comic Rhod Gilbert, revelled in the opportunity to take on his Children In Need project for the show, quipping, “My vis is high and my hat is hard, so bring it on.”

He spoke enthusiastically of the “great honour” he would experience while stepping into “Nick’s enormous steel toe-capped boots”.

Nick will return to the show in 2022.

Meanwhile, Nick admitted that the lockdown, coupled with his disappearance from the showbiz circuit, has led to him piling on the pounds.

Now that the worst of the pandemic seems to be over, he is desperately trying to shed the excess weight in time for his return to TV.

After indulging in delicious home-baked banana bread, eating “all the pies”, and allowing his fitness training regime to grind to a halt, he gained four stone. 

“I’ve taken two stone off now and I’m getting fit again,” he assured the publication, after claiming he had become “massive”. 

Nick is also moving on romantically since his split with PR exec Emily Halliman, 27. 

His relationship with 31-year-old Katie Dadzie marks his first serious relationship since a badly timed break-up in Feb 2020, which left him newly single just weeks before the first lockdown began. 

Nick is looking forward to returning to our TV screens as soon as possible, with a new look and new attitude post-pandemic. 

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