Bobby Davro would love to still be on TV hosting game shows but producers think he is too old.

Bobby Davro is sure he could still be on TV as a game show host

Bobby Davro is sure he could still be on TV as a game show host

The 63-year-old comedian was a fixture on television screens throughout the 1980s and '90s and had his own Saturday night shows such as 'Bobby Davro on the Box' and 'Bobby Davro's TV Weekly'.

Davro also fronted game show 'Run the Risk' with Peter Simon and presented Challenge TV's 'Winner Takes All', and he still thinks he could do a great job with the right format, but he accepts he's "had my go".

In an interview with the Metro newspaper, he said: "They use youngsters, it’s one of those things.

"I had my go and I’m very pleased that I did. I love television and I would love to still host game shows but you can’t spend your life being bitter or grumpy about the fact things change."

Davro - who starred as Vinnie Monks in BBC One soap 'EastEnders' between 2007 and 2008 - still tours as a stand-up comic and will be seen in pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty' at the Lyceum Theatre in Crewe over the Christmas season.

The former 'Celebrity Big Brother' housemate admits the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on him financially because he has not been able to work and emotionally because his dad died Bill at the start of 2021 at the age of 95.

He said: "There was no work at all. I only did three gigs last year. I’ve had a terrible couple of years, like most people in showbusiness. But it wasn’t just the work and the money, I missed performing. It’s like a drug to me, I love it. I did a couple of Zoom shows but I don’t like doing that.

"It’s been very difficult and I took out a bounceback loan. I read somewhere that I was bankrupt. I’m not broke but it’s been worrying. Then I lost my father at the start of the year, which was miserable. He was 95 and I miss him every single day. I used to speak to him three or four times a day. I’m so used to calling him that a few weeks ago I forgot he’d died and dialled his number.

"It sounds like a really tough time ... You’ve got to look at things glass half-full. The lockdown gave me the opportunity to spend more time with my dad during the last year of his life so in a way that was a good thing because I usually work away an awful lot."

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