Gordon Ramsay explains reason why he felt ‘so scared’ on set of new game show Bank Balance

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Hell’s Kitchen chef Gordon Ramsay, 54, has revealed he was terrified about accidentally bumping into the precariously balanced platform on the set of his new BBC game show, Gordon Ramsay’s Bank Balance. The star admitted he had to make a conscious effort to “move with grace” around the studio to avoid “tipping or hitting the front of the structure” and causing chaos during filming.

Gordon’s prime time show sees him guide gamers to answer questions in a bid to win the programme’s £100,000 jackpot.

The contestants also face an additional challenge, as they have to balance a series of “gold bars” on a wobbling platform.

The more bars that contestants can successfully balance, the more chance they have of taking a big cash prize home.

However, the more bars that are added to the board, the more unstable it becomes.

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As a result, Gordon felt worried about suffering from a clumsy moment on the set and ruining the game.

During a chat with Express.co.uk and other publications, the Michelin-starred chef shared his concerns, saying: “When you start seeing the jeopardy and how far those contestants come back when this thing [the platform] is literally touching the ground.

“When they get to that 12th question, I swear to God, that’s when everything on your body starts twitching.”

Gordon went on to reveal his large size 15 feet meant he had to be careful not to upset the teetering platform.


The host continued: “And I’ve got big feet, I’ve got size 15 f**king feet, so I had to wear these incredible nice shoes because it’s the BBC and I had beautiful f**king leather.

“I can’t wear shoes for 12 hours a day, but I was so scared of tipping or hitting the front of that f**king structure and these blocks coming down.

“So I had to move with grace I was like a b****y swan gliding across the lake up there, because when you see that 12th question, it’s b****y exciting.”

Elsewhere, Gordon admitted he has just had surgery on his knee after suffering a fall during a run in London.

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The Bank Balance host was also recently diagnosed with arthritis after he got his X-rays back following his injury.

The star divulged to The Sun: “I’ve just come off two weeks on crutches, as I had meniscus surgery. I did it running up the hill in Richmond Park, bolting up it. It was fing painful.(sic)

“And when I got the X-rays back, the doctor said, ‘You’ve got arthritis in your knee’.

“I’d never heard that word in relation to me before. He told me I needed to start slowing down. It was a case of ‘Imagine you’ve got 1.5million steps to run over the next 30 years . . . pace yourself’.

“He showed me pictures, and you just don’t want to hear you’ve got arthritis in your knee.” 

Dad-of-five Gordon explained that he sees training and exercising as his release from his hectic work schedule.

However, he also acknowledges that he may need to start slowing down in order to stay healthy and well for his family.

He added: “I also have that stern warning of my father dying at 53 (from a heart attack) and I look at my kids and know I can’t leave them rudderless.

“I am slightly scared of stopping but do know I will have to slow down at some stage.”

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