Ade Edmondson vows to never do Bottom spin-off

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 February 2013
Ade Edmondson

Ade Edmondson

Ade Edmondson has claimed he will never team up with his comedy partner Rik Mayall for another series of 1990s sitcom 'Bottom' ever again

Ade Edmondson will never do a 'Bottom' spin-off.

The actor has revealed he ditched plans to reunite with his comedy partner Rik Mayall for a six-part follow-up for BBC Two called 'Hooligan's Island' last October as he felt forced into the project and has vowed the pair will never be seen on screen together again.

He told Digital Spy: "I pulled out and that's not very honourable. I'd said no for so many years, I don't know why I suddenly said yes. I never like to say never to things, but I think I can safely say I'll never do anything like 'Bottom' with Rik again.

"I kind of got railroaded into it. And then I decided after we'd written two that I didn't want to do it. For complex reasons. Mostly, because I thought it was a backwards step. Secondly, because I've already done that. There's too much else to do in life. My other passions in life are stronger."

The funnyman - who is currently focusing on his ITV documentary series 'Ade in Britain' - felt even filming six episodes of the reunion show would have been "misery" and a waste of his TV career.

He added: "My main passion in life is my band The Bad Shepherds. That's never going to achieve the same success as 'Bottom', but it's what I want to do. I just feel happier. And I know it disappoints people and people will say, 'Why don't you just f***ing do it?'

"It would be six months of misery and I'm not sure how much working life I have left. 15 to 20 years? Do I really want to spend six months of it right now being pressurised into it? No I don't. So I managed to annoy everybody."

The spin-off of the 1990s sitcom would have seen the duo transported from their Hammersmith flat to a deserted tropical island, an idea first explored their 1997 'Bottom Live 3: Hooligan's Island' live stage show.

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