Claudia Winkleman recalls penguin terror

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 June 2011
Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman was left ''terrified'' when she was chased by a penguin on the set of her new TV show

Claudia Winkleman got chased by a penguin while filming 'King Of...'

The 39-year-old TV presenter - who is currently eight months pregnant with her third child - explained she was "properly terrified" when the feathered friend chased her around the studio of the Channel 4 show.

She said: "I was chased by a penguin! We were doing 'King of... Jobs' with Chris Evans and the comedian Sarah Millican and I said, 'Please welcome Emma' who is in charge of the penguins at the zoo. Then out comes Emma with Charlie, her tiny little penguin, and he chased me around the studio - it was quite scary.

"Chris Evans said the penguin was after me because I'm walking like one as I'm so pregnant. I was terrified, properly terrified. I literally thought she'd come out, we'd stroke the penguin and say, 'Thank you' but it was actually a bit bonkers."

Claudia admitted 'King Of...' could end up being "a disaster" because it was a random concept she and film producer husband Kris Thykier came up with 10 years ago.

She added to Closer magazine: "I can't quite believe that they're letting me do it on telly - it might be a disaster! 10 years ago or something my husband turned to me in a rather relaxed manner and said to me, 'King of nuts?' I said, 'It's a pistachio' and he went, 'It absolutely isn't' and we had a 20-minute debate.

"It's basically like playing favourites. It's completely unfair I'm the host, but I am so pregnant I don't think anyone can disagree with me."

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