Noel Edmonds reveals his dramatic new career change after relocating to New Zealand as he surprises fans during UK visit
Noel Edmonds surprised fans on Monday after he arrived back in the UK and revealed his dramatic new career change.
The former Deal Or No Deal host, 74, moved to New Zealand in 2019 with his wife Liz after the game show was axed in 2016.
During a trip to visit his family on Monday, Noel was stopped at Victoria Park Community Cafe in Frome, Somerset, where he got stuck and served some customers.
Cafe volunteer Sherry Anne Downes said the presenter ‘loved’ getting behind the counter as she discussed his new career in New Zealand.
She told Somerset Live: ‘Noel certainly caused quite a stir. He was in the park with family and popped in for a cappuccino.’
Noel Edmonds, 74, surprised fans on Monday after he arrived back in the UK and revealed his dramatic career change (pictured with fan Sherry Anne Downes)
Sherry added: ‘Initially I asked him if I could take a photo and then I cheekily asked whether he wanted to get behind the counter and serve some customers. He happily obliged and did about 20 minutes and people just loved it – he was an angel.”
‘Noel loved the idea of our community cafe as he owns one in New Zealand. He talked to us about our café as well as talking about his own business.’
Deal Or No Deal was previously fronted by Noel, from its first episode in 2005 until it ended in August 2016 after 13 series’.
It comes after the Deal Or No Deal reboot has reportedly been dealt a major blow as the huge jackpot has reportedly been slashed amid the cost of living crisis.
The iconic gameshow is set to return to screens with Stephen Mulhern taking over from original host Noel.
But while contestants usually set out to bag the incredible £250,000 prize money, that total has now been cut down to just £100,000 by ITV, according to reports.
The drop in prize money by 60% is thought to due to the channel’s desire to keep the ‘costs’ down.
A source told The Sun: ‘It’s a strange sign of the times, but times are tough for ITV just as it is for all other companies across the country, and £100,000 is still a lot of money these days.’
Throwback: The former Deal Or No Deal host, moved to New Zealand in 2019 with his wife Liz after the game show was axed in 2016 (pictured in 2006) – he now owns a cafe
‘Plus, Deal or no Deal was never about the winnings, it was always about the game and the camaraderie between the contestants, with some happy to walks away with nothing….or just 1p in some cases.’
MailOnline have contacted ITV representatives for comment.
At its peak in 2006, it attracted more than three million, but towards the end of its run tended to draw around 300,000 viewers an episode.
Beginning in 2005, Noel presented almost 3,000 episodes of the show, in which contestants win prize money by selecting from 22 red boxes worth different sums.
He handed out £40million in winnings, although just eight contestants got the £250,000 jackpot.