Ulrika Jonsson shocked by Hunter fling

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 April 2021
Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika Jonsson was shocked when she fell for 'Gladiator's Hunter in 1995 as she did not expect to be attracted to any of the competitors

Ulrika Jonsson was shocked when she fell for 'Gladiator's Hunter.

The 53-year-old presenter was married to John Turnbull when she had a fling with James Crossley in 1995 and Ulrika – who presented 'Gladiators' at the time, never expected to fall for one of the competitors.

Writing in The Sun newspaper, she said: "All the Gladiators were friendly and, believe it or not, I didn’t find them attractive. I’d never been around bodies like that before.

"I was the focus of attention when I was unfaithful to my husband in 1995 with Gladiator Hunter, aka James Crossley.

"Yes, I was as surprised as you that I could see past those humongous muscles and fall for the person behind it. But I did."

However, Ulrika was pleasantly surprised when it didn't affect her career.

She said: "It wasn’t my finest hour, but happily it wasn’t a sackable offence. If anything, the publicity surrounding the affair may even have been deemed a positive by the producers.

"What I do know is that in many respects we were like a giant, dysfunctional, maladjusted family. It was always an intense month of filming every year."

Ulrika also said she took a risk, leaving a "safe" job to work on the "bonkers" show.

She said: "I had left a safe, comfortable job, presenting the weather on TV-am in 1992 when I was asked to co-present what sounded like a bonkers idea for a new show for London Weekend Television, now ITV.

"Dynamic directing and producing duo Nigel Lythgoe and Kenny Warwick explained it to me as muscly men and women in lycra fighting a duel with giant cotton buds, running gauntlets, racing to the top of a giant wall and wrestling each other to the ground while hanging from rings.

"It sounded not only unbelievable, but astonishingly ridiculous. Naturally, I accepted their offer."

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