Saturday 24 February 2018

'If you want to know what a salad-dodger looks like' - BBC's Stephen Nolan bursts out of pyjamas live on air

Stephen Nolan's pyjamas burst open
Stephen Nolan's pyjamas burst open

BBC presenter Stephen Nolan revealed a little more than he had intended on his new TV show Nolan Live this week when he burst out of his pyjamas - live on air.

Guest May McFettridge hardly knew where to look as the presenter made his big reveal.

"Because I didn't rehearse putting the pyjamas on, the live television moment is ... oops!" Nolan (42) said.

"I burst the zip open. "It's bust! It's bust!" he said to audience laughter and applause.

And as the presenter's shiny pink belly peeked though his zip-up pyjamas, the presenter gave the audience a quick flash of his bare chest.

He then zipped across the studio to chair a discussion with the journalists Carole Malone and Siobhan O'Connor about the propriety of going out in public in nightwear.

A stunned May McFettridge quipped: "Ladies and gentlemen, a monument to self-neglect!

"If you want to know what a salad-dodger looks like - that's a salad-dodger!"

It was a welcome moment of light relief in an at times gruelling programme which dealt with some of the most serious issues facing Northern Ireland - from fatal foetal abnormality and abortion law reform, to the regulation of bonfires.

But if May McFettridge was a little unkind, some viewers rather liked the look of the star in his peekaboo PJs.

"Awww, Stephen Nolan is a real hunk of a man in that onesie," tweeted fan Lisa, reassuringly.

And fashion expert Cathy Martin tweeted: "Not sure which was the bigger reveal on Nolan Live tonight - Stephen Nolan's tummy and nips or (TV presenter) Siobhan O'Connor's pregnancy!"

Carole said via social media: "It was great craic and getting an eyeful of Stephen's half naked bod was the icing on the cake!"

The show next airs at 10.45pm on Wednesday on BBC1.

Belfast Telegraph

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