Paddy McGuinness says ‘money’s run out’ as he goes on tour after Top Gear break

Paddy McGuinness goes on tour after his break from Top Gear

Paddy McGuinness jokingly admitted “the money’s run out” as he discussed going back on tour after eight years. Appearing on Wednesday’s This Morning, the comedian detailed why he was heading back on tour.

“Talk to us about going back on tour, why have you waited eight years?” stand in host Emma Willis asked on the ITV magazine show.

Paddy candidly replied: “Erm, well the money’s run out now so it took about eight years to spend it all and I’m like, ‘I’ve got to build it back up’.

“So weirdly, writing a tour does take a lot of your time. When we had the break from Top Gear, I’d been planning it for a long time, I went, ‘There’s a window there’.

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He continued: “So I start next year but towards the back end of next year and it goes into 2025 because you’re always writing stuff down, you’re always making notes of things and what have you.

“So yeah I’ve finally gone, ‘right let’s get out there,’ and what’s lovely is people get in touch saying they’ve seen me on the last one, it’s a little bit of nostalgia and what have you but I can’t wait.”

“Did you stop? Because there’s eight years where you’ve just done everything, you’re all over the telly,” Emma pointed out.

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“Well, you know what it’s like with telly, it takes up a lot of your time, and like you say if you’re doing a tour you’ve got to invest in it,” Paddy explained.

“So telly kind of took over, but I always like comedy.”

Paddy began presenting Top Gear in 2020, but the BBC has recently confirmed it’s been pulled after being off-air for a year.

It follows a horror crash during filming which left co-host Freddie Flintoff seriously injured.

The BBC will “rest” hit motoring show Top Gear “for the foreseeable future”, it has been announced almost a year after Freddie’s horrendous crash.

The broadcaster told PA News Agency: “Given the exceptional circumstances, the BBC has decided to rest the UK show for the foreseeable future.

“The BBC remains committed to Freddie, Chris and Paddy who have been at the heart of the show’s renaissance since 2019, and we’re excited about new projects being developed with each of them.”

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