Jay Blades not keen on celebrity version of The Repair Shop ‘May take away from the brand’

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Jay Blades, 50, has ruled out the possibility of filming a celebrity edition of The Repair Shop. The furniture restorer admitted that adding a showbiz element to the heartwarming BBC programme may “take away from its brand”.

He divulged: “I think we have so many normal people, I don’t think we have to do a celebrity version to tell the honest truth.”

The star explained lots of people have signed up to appear on the show with incredible stories and special items to repair.

As a result, adding a celebrity line-up is not necessary.

He divulged: “There are so many people that have stories and some items that are just like wow!

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“So you don’t really need to do a celebrity special.”

“I think it might take away from the brand of The Repair Shop,” Jay added to Entertainment Daily.

The Money for Nothing presenter also shared a rare insight into his home life.

Jay is dad to daughter Zola, who he shares with ex-wife Jade, and step-dad to Paris, the daughter of his partner Christine. He also has two children from previous relationships.

 

The star opened up about how his kids feel about his fame after The Repair Shop has become hugely popular with viewers.

“They get embarrassed,” he explained.

“Their friends are watching and their friends’ parents talk about me being on the show – they love the show and the kids get a bit embarrassed.”

In spite of their concerns, Jay revealed his children see him as a “cool dad”.

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“Me and my children, we have a really good laugh. We have similar sense of humours. We laugh a lot,” he said.

The television personality continued: “I’m not that bad when it comes to dad jokes and I don’t do the dad dancing either so they’re alright on that front. 

“I’m a cool dad actually, they say that, that I’m a cool dad.”

Elsewhere, Jay recently told Express.co.uk how filming The Repair Shop has changed due to social distancing rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The beloved programme often includes tear-jerking situations, as guests become emotional after the show’s experts restore their previously damaged treasures.

Jay explained that as a result, he and his co-stars have to fight their natural instincts to “put their hands out” to offer comfort to guests who need support.

When quizzed on whether it’s “weird” to incorporate coronavirus restrictions into the show, Jay said: “Yes, definitely. I think with distancing and especially with filming, I think us as humans, we as a community like to touch and support people.

“If someone’s crying, you put your hand out, if someone’s going through a sad time, normally you put your hand on their knee or hold their hand, we’re very tactile. So with the two metres thing, you can’t touch anybody.”

The presenter added: “So it’s a very strange way to communicate with someone at a distance and learning that is very, very strange.”

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