CHRIS Evans ate a locust live on his Virgin Media Breakfast Show today – and revealed it tasted like pork scratchings.
The radio DJ was joined by food experimenter Stefan Gates, also known as Gastronaut, who brought along locusts to the studio, as well as a freeze dried one for the host to try.
Very excited at the prospect, he said: “I have always wanted to do this. This is proper Ant and Dec stuff.”
He then proceeded to chomp down on it, creating quite a racket for those listening at home.
As Chris munched away, Stefan revealed: “That’s the exoskeleton of the locust you can hear being crunched away.”
Once he’d finished her admitted it tasted like pork scratchings and seemed rather pleased with the taste.
Chris excitedly exclaimed: “They’re a nice, savoury snack, aren’t they?”
The 53-year-old recently confirmed that he’s out of the running once again for this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.
He was the first name confirmed for the 2019 edition of the BBC show, but will no longer be taking to the dance floor.
A source close to Chris told The Sun Online: “Chris had been talking about Strictly for a good while but it will not happen in 2019.”
In March, Chris told his Virgin Radio Breakfast Show listeners that he was seeing a knee specialist after damaging cartilage.
He pulled in a favour from his co-star Vassos Alexander and booked in with his medically trained pal at short notice.
Studio guest and Strictly pro Anton Du Beke, 50, insisted the injury would be fully healed by the time the next series begins.
When Chris asked Anton if he was signed up to this year’s show, he said: “I am, as are you.”
Laughing, the host replied: “Well hang on a minute… I’ve got a serious issue with my left knee.
Anton quipped: “Don’t worry about your left knee, I’ll lift you like I do with everyone else I dance with.”
Chris told him: “Vassos’s mate, the super knee doctor, is inspecting my knee before Friday.
Unperturbed, Anton fired back: “Is that right? Which is a bit of luck it doesn’t start until September.”
Chris also threw his appearance on the BBC dance show into doubt while speaking to Strictly super-fan Andrew Garfield on his radio show.
Spider-Man star Andrew told him: “When I heard you were doing it, I thought: ‘You have to give the people what they want’ and that is what everyone in this country wants.”
Chris replied: “Yeah, but I’ve got an issue with my left meniscus.”
Latching onto the fact that Chris might be trying to back out, Andrew replied: “Tell us about this. Tell us really specifically about what’s wrong with your knee.”
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Laughing, the DJ hit back: “Do you not believe me?”
Andrew, 35, admitted: “I’m a little dubious.”
Chris replied: “Do you think I may be bottling it?”
Soon after, Chris announced that Andrew had to leave abruptly, then insisted: “I’m not trying to fudge the meniscus question.”
The actor replied: “It does feel like a little diversion” before Chris cut in: “Anyway, thank you Andrew – see ya.”
The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that acts as a cushion between the shinbone and thighbone.
A torn one causes pain, swelling and stiffness – and can restrict knee motion and leave sufferers unable to extend their knee fully.
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