Most people probably steer well clear of Jim Davidson because ugh, he’s Jim ­Davidson, but Bruce Forsyth had another good reason, too.

When Jim replaced him as the host of The Generation Game, Bruce never spoke to him again .

It must have been nice to blank him (to blank him, nice) because ugh, he’s Jim Davidson… but what’s interesting is that this was an entirely behind the scenes feud.

It’s one of those showbiz instances when normal logic dictates that one celebrity must be p’ed off with another, but they deny it or laugh it off and you end up conned into believing they’ve risen above it.

In reality, celebrities are – spread it! – just normal people… and every bit as petty, bitter and begrudging as the rest of us, if not much more so, because they’re double spoilt with a side helping of massive entitlement.

Jim Davidson replaced the TV legend as host of the generation game

Makes you wonder about some other beef that surely exists…

  • Stacey Soloman has been axed as one of the presenters on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! spin-off show Extra Camp. Worse still, she’s been replaced by Scarlett Moffatt who everyone loves… and even worse than that, Stacey’s boyfriend Joe Swash is going to be presenting it with Scarlett.

Stacey said: “I’ll ­definitely miss it loads but I’m so excited, I love watching it from the comfort of my own home so I can’t wait to see what the show brings.”

Eleven out of 10 for effort, minus infinity for believability, I’m afraid, Stace.

  • John Travolta passed on a little film called Forrest Gump, which went on to win six Oscars, including Best Film, and Best Actor. He has since admitted that he knows he made a mistake, because pretending to be fine about that wouldn’t even be believable in La-La land.

Think back to when you last saw a photo of John Travolta and Tom Hanks hanging out together. Exactly.

  • Roy ‘Say what you see’ Walker was replaced by Stephen ‘Dunno, no one watches it any more’ Mulhern on Catchphrase in 2013. There was another host in-between them, Nick Weir, who mysteriously fell down the stairs at the beginning of his first show, breaking his foot. That’s what you get if you mess with Roy karma, see.
  • In 2014, Colin Firth lost the one they all wanted – Paddington Bear. He insisted that – like all celebrity separations – the decision to part ways was entirely mutual, “It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad
    realisation that he simply doesn’t have my voice.”

Then, after a conscious uncoupling gag, he left on a real positive, “I’ve had the joy of seeing most of the film and it’s going to be quite wonderful.” Yup, seething.

  • Patsy Kensit was originally offered – and rumour has it accepted, before pulling out – the role of Emily on Friends. Helen Baxendale ended up playing Emily… so she must be furious, right?

Helen, I mean… because she was absolutely savaged for it, worldwide, for years (mostly because lone British accents sound weird when everyone else is American).

Patsy by name only this time, then.



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