Only Fools and Horses' David Jason reveals biggest regrets from show and the Del Boy phrases he HATES being hounded with
ONLY Fools and Horses star David Jason has revealed his biggest regrets from his time on the much-loved show.
David also shared his thoughts on when the comedy – which ran for over 20 years – should have ended.
The 80-year-old starred as the lovable Del Boy in the popular series, but admitted he regrets how long it went on for.
Written by John Sullivan, Only Fools and Horses first aired for ten years from 1981 to 1991, before returning for an array of Christmas Specials until 2003.
Explaining how Sullivan was under "so much pressure" to keep writing episodes of the show, David revealed that even now fans ask if the comedy will return.
David said: "Not for as long as John is no longer with us and all the indications are that the situation is set to continue."
Writing in his book A Del of a Life, he went on: "Maybe we did go back to the well a couple more times than we should have done.
"Maybe being rich, as they were, briefly, in 2001, didn’t suit the Trotters as well as being poor."
The star went on to suggest the series should have ended in 1996 when the Time on Our Hands episode was aired, showing the brothers finally achieving their dream of becoming millionaires.
He added: "With hindsight, it would have been the perfect get-out point, the neatest of tie-ups.
"But hindsight is easy."
His former co-star Philip Franks revealed that the role of Del Boy forever haunted him.
While they worked together on The Darling Buds of May, he told the Daily Star: "We couldn’t walk two steps without somebody rushing up to him and going, ‘Del Boy, Del Boy. Give us a joke. Tell us a joke’.
"People used to want him to be what he was on screen and I think he felt quite ill at ease with that.
"He’s not a stand-up comedian. He doesn’t write his own material. He’s an actor."
While biographer Tim Ewbank reflected on how Del Boy's much-loved phrases started to wear on David.
Tim explained: "In his early days he used to be the life and soul of the party. These days fame has completely changed him and one can understand that.
"There are only so many times you can be approached with the words ‘lovely jubbly’ in one day."
And the Open All Hours star recently admitted he sometimes struggled with the attention which comes with playing such an iconic role.
David explained: "That instant recognition thing can get in the way of real life.
"People want a piece of you sometimes, which you don’t want to give.
"You might be right in the middle of the supermarket getting a loaf of bread and a tin of beans and a couple of eggs and they’ll say, ‘Can I have a selfie?’
"That side of the exposure is sometimes not so much fun."
Although he added: "But then on the other side, it does open a few doors that would remain closed to most people."
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