FOOTBALL legend Paul Gascoigne has revealed he was banned from I’m A Celebrity after ITV branded him “unfit for TV“.
The 53-year-old was rejected from starring on the hit show after failing a psych test in 2009.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun ahead of his stint on Italy’s version of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!, the icon insists the experience made him so angry that he has refused to work with the channel in future.
Paul hopes appearing on the Italian version will prove he is in a “good place”.
Speaking from a hotel in Milan in isolation ahead of the series, which is filmed in Honduras, Central America, Paul says: “I just want to give this a go and be myself. I did interviews for I’m A Celebrity in the UK but they pre-judged me.
“They wanted to sign me for the show, but when it came to speaking to the psychiatrist they really p***ed me off.
“She asked me, ‘Why do you want to do the show?’ and I said ‘I want people to see the real Paul Gascoigne’.
“But she said, ‘People don’t want to see that, they want to see you in arguments’.
“That really p****ed me off. I wasn’t happy about that. And the questions she asked me were ridiculous.
“She was asking me if I knew where I was, and I said London, and ‘where abouts, what can you see’.
“I’m not dealing with stupid questions like that.
The 53-year-old was deemed unfit for TV in 2009[/caption]
“Considering some of the people they’ve had on these shows, that girl from EastEnders, Danniella Westbrook, and people like Katie Price, I just thought, ‘If they think they can go in but they don’t think I can, I’m out anyway’.
“I even took one of my anti-drinking sponsors along, and they agreed with me, so I left it.
“The people at that show weren’t normal. It was ridiculous. I don’t want anything to do with them.”
Despite a long-running battle with alcoholism, which led to having stomach implants to stop him drinking, the former England star has revealed he now drinks beer and wine.
But he insists he can stay in control of his boozing.
The former England star is going on I’m A Celebrity’s Italy version[/caption]
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Paul added: “I’ll always be an alcoholic, but now I can have a couple of glasses of wine — and I have a few beers. Not every day, but when I want to.
“I only ever drink when . . . well, put it this way — if I want a drink I’ll have a drink. If I don’t want one I’ll just leave it, which is not the right thing, but I’ve been like that for ages.
“I don’t trust spirits so I keep away from them, but I’m on top of things at the moment. I’m enjoying life.”