‘It made me feel a bit guilty’: Luke Chadwick admits he felt sorry for Nick Hancock after former ‘They Think It’s All Over’ presenter apologised to ex-Manchester United player for taunts
- Luke Chadwick accepted apologies for taunts on They Think It’s All Over
- Presenter of the show Nick Hancock and Gary Lineker apologised last week
- The former Man Utd player says the jibes affected his fragile confidence
- But Chadwick admits the apologies were ‘not something I was searching for’
Luke Chadwick admits he felt sorry for Nick Hancock after the former presenter apologised for his appearance taunts on gameshow They Think It’s All Over.
Last week, former Man Utd player Chadwick opened up about how the jibes at his expense, which focused on his looks, obliterated his already fragile confidence as a youngster.
The presenter of the show Hancock publicly apologised to Chadwick, as did team captain Gary Lineker who appeared on the show, and while Chadwick did accept their apologies, he now admits it wasn’t something he was specifically searching for.
Chadwick says he felt sorry for Nick Hancock after the former presenter’s apology last week
Nick Hancock said he was ‘appalled’ at himself for the taunts he made on the show
‘It made me feel a little bit guilty,’ Chadwick told The Guardian.
‘It looked so uncomfortable. Obviously people had given him stick and even though whatever happened years ago happened it wasn’t an eye for an eye.
‘The apology is completely accepted but it’s not something I was searching for.’
Chadwick revealed he hid away in his house but has accepted apologies since
Gary Lineker, who was also part of the show, apologised to Chadwick recently on Twitter
Speaking to BBC Breakfast last week, Hancock admitted his regret at the way he spoke about Chadwick: ‘Listening to Luke is incredibly humbling, he’s shown so much more generosity and understanding and good judgement than we did at the time.
‘I’m appalled for him and at myself. When I hear him speaking, I’m full of admiration for the present Luke Chadwick and full of sympathy for the young Luke Chadwick.
‘The terrible thing about comedians and comedy shows is that if you’re getting laughs, you think you’re doing a good job.
‘Of course the worst thing for Luke was that it became a bit of a running joke. To us it was a photograph. That’s not good obviously, we should have been thinking about the person, but that’s what can happen.’
They Think It’s All Over was a satirical sports-based panel show presented by Hancock (centre) and featuring team captains Lineker (right) and David Gower (left), plus comedians Jonathan Ross (top left) and Rory McGrath (top middle)
They Think It’s All Over, which ran from 1995-2006, was a late-night satirical sports panel show featuring famous names as guests, with Lineker the most high-profile of the team captains, along with David Gower.
‘We’ve all got a journey to go on,’ Chadwick continues, talking about the subject of mental health in Mental Health Awareness week.
‘I still want to learn about myself. I thought that yesterday: “Why am I feeling guilty for the guy on the telly?” I didn’t need to bring up They Think It’s All Over.’
Chadwick is now a 39-year-old community coach after breaking through at United in 2000
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