Richard Bacon says he “doesn’t mind” talking about his Blue Peter cocaine scandal

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Richard Bacon has said that he “doesn’t mind” talking about his Blue Peter cocaine scandal and is now “comfortably joking about it.”

The 45-year-old presenter reflected on his past behavior, leading him to be fired from the program in 1998 after admitting to taking drugs at a London nightclub.

He told The sun: ‘I don’t mind talking about Blue Peter or the cocaine. It’s all such a prominent part of my past.

Moved further: Richard Bacon has said he 'doesn't mind' talking about his Blue Peter cocaine scandal and is now 'comfortable joking about it'

Moved further: Richard Bacon has said he ‘doesn’t mind’ talking about his Blue Peter cocaine scandal and is now ‘comfortable joking about it’

‘But I love to joke about it. I just don’t care. It doesn’t matter anywhere. ‘

However, he added that his experience on the show would have been very different if there had been social media at the time.

He explained: “The intensity of the storm is now even more violent and frightening.

Scandal: The presenter, 45, reflected on his past behavior, leading him to be fired from the program in 1998 after admitting to taking drugs at a London nightclub

Scandal: The presenter, 45, reflected on his past behavior, leading him to be fired from the program in 1998 after admitting to taking drugs at a London nightclub

Scandal: The presenter, 45, reflected on his past behavior, leading him to be fired from the program in 1998 after admitting to taking drugs at a London nightclub

“If you get into a massive scandal, there are probably tens of thousands of tweets about you.”

Richard had only been at his dream job at Blue Peter for a year and a half when he was fired at the age of 22 after admitting to using cocaine in a London nightclub.

At the time, the BBC released a statement from Lorraine Heggessey, head of children’s programs, who said: “ It is sad that such a talented presenter as Richard Bacon has not only abandoned himself and his colleagues, but most importantly, let the millions of children who look at Blue Peter in the sting. ‘

Candid: Richard told The Sun, 'I don't mind talking about Blue Peter or the cocaine.  It's all such a prominent part of my past '

Candid: Richard told The Sun, 'I don't mind talking about Blue Peter or the cocaine.  It's all such a prominent part of my past '

Candid: Richard told The Sun, ‘I don’t mind talking about Blue Peter or the cocaine. It’s all such a prominent part of my past ‘

A producer told Bacon he would never work for television again.

But more than two decades later, Richard has hosted multiple television shows throughout his career for the Corporation, as well as Channel 4 and ITV.

During his candid interview with The Sun, Richard also spoke about anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic, as he had a near-fatal lung infection in 2018.

After falling ill while on a flight from America, the star fell into an induced coma after failing to respond to treatment for pneumonia.

All in the past: last month, Richard shut down rumors that he sniffed cocaine from the two Blue Peter turtles, 23 years after he was fired from the children's TV show

All in the past: last month, Richard shut down rumors that he sniffed cocaine from the two Blue Peter turtles, 23 years after he was fired from the children's TV show

All in the past: last month, Richard shut down rumors that he sniffed cocaine from the two Blue Peter turtles, 23 years after he was fired from the children’s TV show

Richard shared how the doctor told him after his recovery that if he ever got a critical illness in the next five years, he would be “20 percent more likely to die.”

He added that life in LA was a good place to be during the pandemic and that he has already had his first vaccination against the coronavirus.

Last month Richard stopped rumors that he sniffed cocaine from the two Blue Peter turtles, 23 years after he was fired from the children’s TV show.

During a performance on Dave Show Unforgivable, The topic of why he left the series came with host Mel Giedroyc researching the two animals named Fred and Frieda.

She asked, ‘Do you remember Fred and Frieda the turtles? Big white lines. ‘

Show Pets: During an appearance on Dave's show Unforgivable, the topic of why he left the series came up with host Mel Giedroyc researching the two animals named Fred and Frieda

Show Pets: During an appearance on Dave's show Unforgivable, the topic of why he left the series came up with host Mel Giedroyc researching the two animals named Fred and Frieda

Show Pets: During an appearance on Dave’s show Unforgivable, the topic of why he left the series came up with host Mel Giedroyc researching the two animals named Fred and Frieda

Guest Judi Love, who had never heard of Richard’s past on Blue Peter, didn’t understand what Mel was referring to when she sounded puzzled and asked, “Did he give them cocaine?”

To stop more rumors, Richard said to her, “I didn’t give turtle coke. So I got fired for taking drugs. ‘

Judi had started the conversation when she innocently asked “why did you leave, what happened?” while the guests, including comedian Jimmy Carr, talked about Richard’s past life as the presenter of Blue Peter.

After the jury all had a good laugh for not being aware of the infamous cause, Richard told her he was “fired for punctuality,” adding, “Because you’re always late if you take a lot of coke.”

After taking a lighthearted look back at the event 23 years ago, Richard teased, “They’d shout” that’s a shawl “and I would shout” where? ”

Up Ahead: Despite leaving Blue Peter in a scandal, Richard returned for the show's 60th anniversary episodes in 2018 (pictured far right with Anthea Turner, John Leslie, Diane-Louise Jordan, Tim Vincent and Katy Hill)

Up Ahead: Despite leaving Blue Peter in a scandal, Richard returned for the show's 60th anniversary episodes in 2018 (pictured far right with Anthea Turner, John Leslie, Diane-Louise Jordan, Tim Vincent and Katy Hill)

Up Ahead: Despite leaving Blue Peter in a scandal, Richard returned for the show’s 60th anniversary episodes in 2018 (pictured far right with Anthea Turner, John Leslie, Diane-Louise Jordan, Tim Vincent and Katy Hill)

Despite the past scandal, Richard returned to Blue Peter in October 2018 for the show’s 60th anniversary show, write: ‘Within a day they (and I) said they would never come, I’ll be back to Blue Peter.

The star then dismissed his shock in another social media post, writing: ‘I can never hold out a job for long.

‘I have organized many shows in many places. And yet the one I most affectionate for is the one I got fired from. Happy birthday Blue Peter. I love you.’

Richard also revealed last June that he got a nasty surprise when his son Arthur, eight, and daughter Ivy, six, asked Alexa who their father was.

At the time: Richard was only 18 months in his dream job at Blue Peter when he was fired at the age of 22 after admitting to using cocaine in a London nightclub (photo in 1997)

At the time: Richard was only 18 months in his dream job at Blue Peter when he was fired at the age of 22 after admitting to using cocaine in a London nightclub (photo in 1997)

At the time: Richard was only 18 months in his dream job at Blue Peter when he was fired at the age of 22 after admitting to using cocaine in a London nightclub (photo in 1997)

Speaking of Andy Coulson Crisis Which crisis? podcast, the TV host admitted to jumping in and “ stop ” the electronic device when his kids, whom he shares with wife Rebecca McFarlane, curiously asked about him.

He explained, ‘I’m in a room in my Los Angeles house and there’s one of those Amazon Alexas next to me and my kids were like,’ Oh Alexa, who’s Richard Bacon? ‘

‘And it comes straight to the point,’ Richard Bacon is an English TV presenter. He was fired from Blue Peter in 1998 because he … ‘

I jumped in and said, ‘Alexa stop. Stop’. They said, ‘What are you saying stop for? Why were you fired? ‘. And then they asked again. ‘

Richard then noted to his surprise that his drug scandal was still ‘on the surface’ on the Internet, even two decades had passed.

Incident: Richard also revealed last June that he received a nasty surprise when his son Arthur, eight, and daughter Ivy, six, asked an Alexa who their father was (pictured with wife Rebecca)

Incident: Richard also revealed last June that he received a nasty surprise when his son Arthur, eight, and daughter Ivy, six, asked an Alexa who their father was (pictured with wife Rebecca)

Incident: Richard also revealed last June that he received a nasty surprise when his son Arthur, eight, and daughter Ivy, six, asked an Alexa who their father was (pictured with wife Rebecca)