Ben Shephard makes “a fool of himself regularly” on ‘Tipping Point’.
The 47-year old star has fronted the ITV game show – which sees contestants answer questions to win counters which they use on a large coin pusher arcade-style machine in an attempt to win big – for almost a decade and said those who sign up for the quiz show are “incredibly brave”.
He said: “These people are under pressure in an environment and their minds go blank and they can’t think of anything and the words don’t make sense. And I just have so much admiration for all of them. There have been some amazing answers but to be fair to all those people that come in, they are incredibly brave to take on the machine.”
The ‘Good Morning Britain’ star – who made a name for himself hosting ‘GMTV’ alongside Kate Garraway in the early 2000s – would “hate” to think anyone was worried about making a fool of themselves because he has done that “a number of times” while working on the show.
He told The Daily Mirror newspaper: “And I would hate to think anybody would be nervous about coming in because they’re worried about making a fool of themselves, because I have done it on a number of occasions, and continue to make a fool of myself regularly.
“And I think that anybody can, when you’re under pressure like that. And hopefully they feel like we’re laughing with them and not laughing at them, because I would hate that to be the case.”