Rick Edwards wants to take over from David Attenborough

'Tool Academy' host Rick Edwards is keen to take over 'Frozen Planet' host David Attenborough when the 86-year-old TV presenter eventually hangs up his microphone

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Rick Edwards (Credit: Harleymoon Kemp)

Rick Edwards (Credit: Harleymoon Kemp)

Rick Edwards wants to take over from David Attenborough when he retires.

The 'Tool Academy' host is keen to replace the 86-year-old TV presenter - who is known for his nature shows such as 'Life On Earth' and 'Frozen Planet' - when he finally hangs up his microphone, if he can't find success hosting his own successful Saturday night show.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "You've got to aim high, haven't you? I'd love to do one of those massive Saturday night primetime shows. Ideally one that I've created, because I'm a control freak. Failing that, I'd like to take over from Attenborough. When he, you know, stops."

But Rick insists he doesn't want to star on a reality TV show because he would be "dreadful" due to his competitiveness and admits if he ever appears on such a programme then it will be a "surefire indicator" that his career is going downhill fast.

He added: "If you see me on one of those shows, it will be a surefire indicator that my career is on the skids and I need money. I don't consider myself to be a celebrity, or harbour any ambition to be one. I want to write or present shows, not be the subject of them. Also, I'd be dreadful. I'm too competitive and I can't keep my mouth shut."

But Rick is planning to exercise his vocal chords plenty when he is the red carpet presenter for DISARONNO at the BAFTA Film Awards After-Party on February 10, and he is hoping to meet Hollywood star Hugh Jackman again.

He explained: "Hugh Jackman is my all-time favourite interviewee. I know he won't remember me, but I'm still holding onto a tiny hope that he might. Hence I'm getting a 'WE'VE MET BEFORE, HUGH' badge made up."

Rick Edwards is the red carpet presenter for DISARONNO at the BAFTA Film Awards After-Party. Watch here: www.facebook.com/Disaronno

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