Chris Tarrant: Quiz show host label is 'horrible'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 November 2012
Presenter Chris Tarrant

Chris Tarrant

Chris Tarrant says being branded a quiz show host is a "horrible, sleazy label" and insists he never intended to present so many of the programmes when he started his career

Chris Tarrant says being branded a quiz show host is a "horrible, sleazy label".

The 66-year-old TV presenter - who has fronted several quiz programmes throughout his career including 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' and 'The Colour of Money' - admits he never intended to present such shows when he started out his career.

He said: "It's not demeaning, but it's not what I wanted to be. I'm not an obvious choice. I'm not clean-cut, I never tried to be the archetypal game-show host who puts on a suit and smarms his hair."

Chris admits he would've rather done more series of 'Tarrant on TV' - a late-night show in which he showed comical and unusual clips from TV shows and advertisements around the world - or 'Extreme Railways' than host quiz shows, and he once turned down the chance to present the US version of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'.

He added to the Radio Times magazine: "I genuinely like people. When 'Millionaire' took off in the UK in 1998, the Americans wanted me to do their version. I'd have mad millions but didn't want my kids to grow up there.

"The producer said, 'I can't think of a single host in America who likes anybody.' What a terrible indictment. I'd like to have done more things like 'Tarrant on TV' and the railway stuff."

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