Dermot O'Leary used to vomit before live TV shows

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 November 2014
Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

Dermoy O'Leary as revealed how he was so nervous when he first started presenting live television that he used to throw-up before every programme

Dermot O'Leary used to vomit before every live television appearance.

The 'X Factor' host revealed that he used to have unbearable anxiety over presenting live broadcasts on Channel 4, but that his sickness has eased as time has gone by.

Talking on 'Alan Carr: Chatty Man' he said: "I first started on T4 and used to throw up every Sunday. Every single Sunday I was so nervous about going on air."

The 41-year-old presenter - who is married to TV and film producer Dee Koppang - said that the pressure of hosting the Saturday night primetime television series has lessened over time, but that nerves still take hold of him before the show begins.

He continued: "You just get used to it after a while. And it's a weird thing to say, but the 30 seconds before the 'X Factor' starts, the doors come out like that... those first 30 seconds are the most terrifying of the weekend."

The star - who also presents a show on BBC Radio 2 - went on to reveal that former 'The Xtra Factor' host Holly Willoughby, used to joke that he looked so terrified before the programme began that she thought he would pull out of the job.

He joked: "Holly Willoughby, when she first started, she went, 'You're stood there for 30 seconds and you're looking around going 'I don't want to do it. You do it, you do it. I don't want to do it!' and then as soon as the door goes back you go 'oh this is what I want to do'.'

"Then you can really enjoy it. I love it though."

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