Richard Bacon’s cocaine past came back to haunt him in awkward chat with kids

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It isn’t day by day somebody has to disclaim snorting cocaine off a tortoise.

However if you end up tv star Richard Bacon, famously sacked from Blue Peter for taking cocaine in 1998, it is all half and parcel.

Richard was pressured handy in his Blue Peter badge simply 18 months into the position, and was the primary presenter to have his contract terminated mid-run.

He admitted to taking cocaine in a nightclub, and the BBC’s head of kids’s programmes Lorraine Heggessey issued an announcement damning his actions.

She mentioned: “It’s unhappy that such a gifted presenter as Richard Bacon has not solely let himself and his colleagues down however, most necessary of all, he has let down the tens of millions of kids who watch Blue Peter.”

After being informed that he would by no means work in tv once more, Richard went on to forge a profitable profession on radio and with the BBC and Channel 4.

Richard has opened up on his battle with dependancy, and retains it at bay with common remedy



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Now 45, Richard is a TV producer primarily based in Los Angeles, the place he has lived since 2014 with spouse Rebecca McFarlane, who he married in 2008.

However his previous actions would come again to hang-out him greater than 20 years later.

Richard just lately laughed in regards to the second that his sensible speaker at dwelling nearly revealed his wild previous when his son Arthur, 9, and daughter Ivy, seven, determined to ask Alexa who their dad was.

Richard informed Andy Coulson’s Disaster What Disaster? podcast that he needed to shout “cease!” when the reply was about to be revealed.

He mentioned: “I’m sitting in a room in my home in Los Angeles and there may be a kind of Amazon Alexas subsequent to me and my children mentioned, ‘Oh Alexa, who’s Richard Bacon?’

“And it comes up right away, ‘Richard Bacon is an English tv presenter. He was fired from Blue Peter in 1998 for taking…’

“I jumped in and mentioned, ‘Alexa cease. Cease’.

Richard as a fresh-faced Blue Peter presenter again in 1997

Blue Peter presenters Konnie Huq, Richard Bacon, Katy Hill and Stuart Miles



“They mentioned, ‘What are you saying cease for? Why did you get fired?’ After which they requested once more.”

Richard has mirrored on his medication scandal in interviews, admitting he’s glad it occurred within the period earlier than social media and “cancel tradition”.

He informed The Solar: “Cancel tradition is about speeding to judgment. I would love us all to decelerate, go, ‘Cease, let’s take into consideration this. Does this individual actually deserve by no means to have a profession?'”

He continued: “My expertise on Blue Peter would have been very completely different if social media had been round. The depth of the storm is much more fierce and extra scary now.

“In the event you’re caught up in a large scandal there are in all probability tens of 1000’s of tweets about you.”

And whereas Richard brazenly discusses the explanation for his sacking – he does typically need to set the document straight.

Richard together with his son Arthur, daughter Ivy and spouse Rebecca


Richard Bacon/Instagram)

He was pressured to close down rumours he snorted cocaine off the 2 Blue Peter tortoises throughout an look on Unforgivable.

Whereas he was starring on the Dave present, the occasions surrounding his firing from Blue Peter got here up and host Mel Giedroyc made reference to the present’s tortoises referred to as Fred and Frieda.

She requested: “Do you keep in mind Fred and Frieda the tortoises? Massive white strains.”

This shocked visitor Judi Love, who did not learn about Richard’s previous on Blue Peter and the explanations for his dismissal.

Not understanding what had occurred, a baffled Judi queried: “He gave them coke?”

Richard jumped in to place the document straight, saying: “I did not give any tortoises coke. So I acquired fired for taking medication.”

The firing had come up as Judi requested Richard: “Why did you permit, what occurred?”

Richard says his spouse Rebecca needs he did common AA conferences


Richard Bacon/Instagram)

Richard lives within the US together with his household however is coming again to host GMB



Richard claimed he acquired “fired for punctuality”, earlier than quipping: “As a result of should you take a variety of coke you are all the time late.”

He went on to jokingly add: “They might shout “that is a wrap!” and I might shout ‘the place?”

In 2019, Richard admitted he should be hooked on alcohol, and that heavy ingesting has triggered “chaos and problem and uncertainty” in his life.

Talking on BBC Radio 5 Stay’s Hooked podcast, he revealed he had been by “harmful” intervals of ingesting the place he has gone lacking for an evening and “frightened” his spouse.

He added that whereas he has moved away from that sort of behaviour, he continues to drink.

Richard mentioned: “I’m nearly at my most weak when issues are nice. I do not use (drink) to numb ache.

“If I’m excited or completely satisfied about one thing I’m extra prone to go too far.”

He mentioned his spouse would love for him to often attend AA conferences, however he “simply would not”.

“However I’ve mentioned I’ll spend extra time with our therapist analyzing my relationship to drink,” he defined.

“We’re in a superb place in the mean time however upon getting accepted you are an addict to a point the hazard is all the time there, is not it?”

He linked his previous drug use to ingesting, too, explaining: “After I’ve been by intervals of my life the place I’ve been utilizing cocaine, it is solely (after) two or three drinks the place I fairly fancy that as effectively.”

Richard is returning to the UK this week to will host Good Morning Britain this week, persevering with the roster of visitor presenters who’ve been stepping in to switch Piers Morgan.

He’ll current the ITV present alongside Charlotte Hawkins on the Wednesday, Kate Garraway for Thursday and Friday, and eventually Ranvir Singh on the Monday.

“Not solely am I coming dwelling to London to visitor current Good Morning Britain this month, however being again on British breakfast broadcasting seems like coming dwelling additionally,” mentioned Richard.

“I can’t wait to see the workforce once more and am very a lot trying ahead to my time on the present with Kate, Ranvir and Charlotte.”

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