Bradley Walsh: The Chase host makes promise to wife amid fearing for future after accident

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Bradley Walsh, 60, promised his wife Donna that he would look after their son Barney while filming their ITV show Breaking Dad, after a freak accident during production left him fearing for his future. With thoughts of his own mortality flying around in his head, it led him to ensure her that he would take good care of their son while on tour and away from home.

I promised his mum I’d look after him on the tour

Bradley Walsh

In a recent interview on the Jonathan Ross show, Bradley recalled the time he was flung off the back of a bull which resulted in him breaking multiple bones in his back.

“[Last series] we went to the rodeo and ended up on a bull,” he remembered.

“Came off and I hit the floor like a sack of potatoes and broke my back in three places.

“Two days after – I promised his mum I’d look after him on the tour – I’m trying to climb an ice mountain.”

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He noted that at his age he’s decided to take his health more seriously.

“When you get to our age JR,” he said to Jonathan, “All of a sudden the thoughts of your mortality really come home and I now realise that this time last year I might have come out of hospital not being able to walk.

“So consequently, you’ve got to be… life’s precious Barney, isn’t it?”

And even more so in these unprecedented times.

He took the time to praise his care-free son and gushed over who he’s become.

“Barney is the man now, at 23, that I always wanted to be. And that’s absolutely true.

“He’s got no fear, he’s young, he’s finding his first feet in business and stuff. I just always wanted to do that.”

Brad added that anything his son suggests to do on the show he will always “give it a go”, such as facing his sky-diving fears in series one.

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Away from filming the father-son comedy-come-factual series, what all Doctor Who fans feared the most has finally been confirmed; Bradley is stepping down from his role as Graham in the sci-fi fantasy.

The Christmas Special Revolution of the Daleks will see him and Tosin Cole (who plays Ryan) bow out, leaving Yaz (Mandip Gill) and The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) to battle out of this world beings alone.

In a recent interview with Radio Times, Mandip described their exits as “gutting”, and she wasn’t alone as fans rushed to social media to share their dismay.

Elsewhere, The Chase is also headed for its annual Christmas special.

This year, Colin Jackson, Anne Diamond, Josie Long and Nicky Campbell will be put to the test to answer general knowledge questions and work as a team to take on all five of the ruthless Chasers and secure that whopping charity prize.

The Chase Celebrity Christmas special airs tonight at 5pm on ITV and the Doctor Who festive special will air at 6:45pm 1 January 2021 on BBC One.

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