Top Gear host Paddy McGuinness recalls disappointing meeting with idol Steve Coogan

Top Gear host Paddy McGuinness recalls disappointing meeting with idol Steve Coogan

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Paddy McGuinness has recalled a "disappointing" meeting with comedian Steve Coogan.

The Phoenix Nights star first met the Alan Partridge star, 56, creator early on in his career as an up and coming entertainer.

Top Gear presenter Paddy, 48, has admitted he felt "let down" by the encounter and the experience taught him a valuable lesson.

The Bolton-born star confessed that meeting his idol was nothing like what he expected and it spurred him on to always be aware of how he treats fans and aspiring entertainers now he's a household name.

Paddy always writes about meeting Steve in his new memoir, My Lifey.

Paddy McGuinness with wife Christine at the Pride of Britain Awards earlier this year
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Steve Coogan didn't leave the Top Gear presenter very impressed after their meeting
(Image: John Phillips)

"He’s a genius and I love all his characters, even the lesser- known ones," Paddy gushes in his new interview with Radio Times.

"But when I met him back in the day, I thought, 'If I make it big one day, I’ll never treat anyone like that'."

Paddy continued: "If I meet someone on their way up, I’ll never make them feel like a spare part. Like they shouldn’t be in my company."

Alongside Freddie Flintoff, Paddy is a much-loved presenter thanks to his Top Gear stint
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He then added that bumping into Steve let him "down a little bit."

Steve – who is currently filming for his role as shamed presenter Jimmy Savile – is probably best known for his comedy creation, Alan Partridge.

The actor and writer conceived his most popular and developed character back in the 90s and still portrays the blundering fictional presenter to this day.

After wowing critics and viewers with sitcoms like I'm Alan Partridge, Steve brought his on-screen alter-ego back to our TV screens in 2019.

Alan Partridge was ranked seventh Channel 4's list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters
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This Time with Alan Partridge has run for two series since its premiere, with the parody current affairs show proving Alan is still a hit with comedy fans.

It's been rumoured over the years that the Manchester-born comedian's most well-known character is actually based on current celebrity camper Richard Madeley.

Speaking to journalists in 2012, Steve denied gaffe-prone was inspired by anyone in the public eye.

"He wasn't based on anyone. He really isn't," he claimed at the launch of his Sky Atlantic show.

Over the years, many have speculated about who inspired Steve to create the bumbling character
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"The Richard Madeley thing, bizarrely, I actually think things he says are too ridiculous for Alan.

He's almost like old-school Alan. I find him quite fascinating, but he's not the basis for it. He does say things that are quite Alan-like."

Before heading into the Welsh castle on Sunday, Good Morning Britain host Richard blasted critics that compared him to the incompetent fictional broadcaster.

Speaking with The Mirror, the former This Morning star pointed out that sometimes the humorous comparisons and jokes can be taken out of context at times.

ITV star Richard Madeley takes the 'unfair' comparisons in his stride
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"If the gaffe thing was as frequent and as serious as is sometimes written, I wouldn’t have a job," he explained.

"I’m not going to get into a defensive crouch about it, but sometimes I read these things that I’m supposed to have said in the past, and I just didn’t say them.

He continued to explain that there was nothing you can do about the claims and that he's "not too bothered" about the gaffe jokes.

I’ve done thousands and thousands of hours of live television and I’ve never been sued for libel. So I think I’ll be all right," he added.

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