- Countdown star Rachel Riley once danced for Stephen Hawking in Birmingham
- In her ‘weirdest day ever’ Jimmy Carr invited her to join him and the professor
- She was on Strictly Come Dancing at the time and Hawking was a fan of the show
- Riley revealed the renowned physicist ended up ‘p****** himself’ laughing when she headbutted partner while dancing to Nelly Furtado’s 2006 hit ‘Maneater’
Countdown star Rachel Riley has sensationally revealed she once danced for Stephen Hawking to Nelly Furtado hit ‘Maneater’.
The television presenter has described how the author of A Brief History of Time ended up ‘p****** himself’ laughing when she accidentally headbutted her dance partner.
In an interview on The Chris Ramsey show, Riley revealed how her self-confessed ‘weirdest day ever’ kicked off when television chef Ainsley Harriott cooked her three Christmas dinners as they filmed The Gadget Show.
Countdown star Rachel Riley has revealed she once danced for Stephen Hawking to Nelly Furtado’s ‘Maneater’
Comedian Jimmy Carr then sent her a message telling her he was going out with Hawking and his family in Birmingham and that she should join them, as the professor was a big fan of Strictly Come Dancing, which she was filming at the time.
She said: ‘Weirdest day ever! I was filming The Gadget Show. So in the morning Ainsley Harriott cooked me three Christmas dinners – in October – and then Jimmy Carr messaged saying he was going out with Stephen Hawking and his family and friends, who are good mates.’
Riley said she duly headed down to Birmingham while training for Strictly, and brought her boyfriend Pasha Kovalev – but when she arrived she felt she ‘had to dance’ for the theoretical physicist.
Professor Hawking and the group were ‘p****** themselves’ laughing after the dance to Maneater went wrong
She said: ‘He put the music on. I went to do the dance, and three beats in I accidentally head-butted Pasha. We have it on video somewhere.’
She recalled that Hawking and the group were ‘p****** themselves’ laughing after the dance to Maneater went wrong.
Lyrics to the 2006 song include: ‘She’s a maneater, make you work hard, make you spend hard, make you want all of her love. She’s a maneater, make you buy cars, make you cut cards, wish you never ever met her at all.’
Professor Hawking passed away earlier this month at the age of 76.
- The Chris Ramsey Show airs on Wednesdays at 10pm on Comedy Central UK