Ben Fogle admits he doesn’t have ‘tough enough skin’ to endure taking part in another reality show in the ‘age of social media’ after appearing on Castaway over 20 years ago
- Ben Fogle, 47, recalled his experience on the BBC reality show Castaway in 2000
- Adventurer said he wouldn’t appear on reality TV today in ‘age of social media’
- New Lives in Wild presenter said doesn’t have ‘tough enough skin to endure it’
Ben Fogle has revealed that he doesn’t have ‘tough enough skin’ to take part in a reality show in the ‘age of social media’ after appearing on Castaway which kickstarted his rise to fame two decades ago.
The New Lives in the Wild presenter, 47, recalled his experience on the BBC reality show which saw him spend a year in Scotland battling the elements.
Speaking to The Express, he revealed that he wouldn’t appear in a reality show today, adding: ‘Would I do it today? Probably not. In 2021, I don’t think I would want to appear on a reality TV show in the age of social media.’
‘I don’t think I have a tough enough skin to endure it.’
Ben Fogle has revealed that he doesn’t have ‘tough enough skin’ to handle taking on another reality show in the age of social media after appearing on Castaway which kickstarted his rise to fame two decades ago. Pictured, removing a section of barbed wire from a sheep’s coat during the show which was se in Taransay Scotland, in 2000
Ben Fogle attend the “Survival Of The Species” photocall as part of the MIPCOM 2018 on October 15, 2018 in Cannes, France.
The adventurer had been working at Condé Nast for a year when the BBC announced the first reality show which Ben then applied to be a part of.
‘It was very different to reality shows now, it was for a whole year and it had an innocence about it,’ he explained. ‘It was pre-social media and a much easier time to be a reality show contestant than it is today.’
After appearing on the show, which was his TV debut, Ben recalled how he suffered a breakdown.
‘Back then, yes, I had a small wobble after I came off, but that was pretty short lived,’ he explained.
After appearing on the show, which was his TV debut, Ben recalled how he suffered a breakdown. Pictured, on Castaway in 2000
He went on to admit that he would’ve still participated in the show if he knew of his struggles that would follow his experience – adding that he is ‘pretty robust’ – but said he wouldn’t encourage his children to ‘ go out of their way to humiliate themselves on TV.’
It comes weeks after Ben told how he was ‘bursting with pride’ and hoped his children would gain ‘resilience and resourcefulness’ as they set off on a week-long trip to explore the Inner Hebrides.
The New Lives in the Wild presenter waved off his two children Ludovic, 11 and Iona, 10, who he shares with his wife Marina, at Euston station in London in July.
Alongside a sweet snap he posted on Instagram of the siblings with their backpacks on Monday, he penned: ‘I am bursting with pride as Ludo and Iona head off on their first big island adventure together to the Inner Hebrides.
‘When I was eight years old, I went on a trip to the island of Eigg (a visit that would change my life) and now these two are off with their adventure club and some friends on their own island expedition.
‘I was quite teary as I waved my young explorers off…’