Simon Rimmer: Sunday Brunch star admits being ‘forced into friendships’ after rare TV move

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Sunday Brunch host Simon Rimmer, 57, who starred on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 alongside professional dancer Karen Hauer, 38, has admitted “you’re forced into friendships” while in the BBC competition. The Channel 4 presenter finished in 11th place on the programme.

It’s like you’re forced into friendships

Simon Rimmer

In an unearthed interview with Country Attire from 2017, the TV chef opened up about how he found working alongside his Strictly co-stars at the time.

Simon divulged: “Fun, it’s like you’re forced into friendships, it’s like being on holiday, it’s like a holiday romance.

“We’re the same boat, we’re all terrified of what’s going to happen, so it means you bond really quickly.”

The TV host also went into detail about how he found the training to be physically and mentally “intense”.


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Simon explained: “It’s intense. Physically I find it alright, I’m pretty fit.

“But mentally combined with the physicality is hard, it is amazing how much it uses every bit of your body,” he continued.

“When you work out you think, ‘Yeah it’s okay I’m a bit knackered’, dancing does do – from your neck down to your toes.”

Simon, who is best known for hosting Sunday Brunch alongside Tim Lovejoy, 52, went on to discuss why he decided to do the dancing competition in the first place.

The father-of-two revealed: “I know loads of people who have done it, and I never would have chased it, when I got offered it.

“Then it was one of those, where you go, ‘I can’t dance, I’m 54, I’m heavy footed, what’s not to like.’ I’m outside of my comfort zone hugely, and it feels like, ‘Why wouldn’t you want to do it?’ I think, ‘What’s the worst thing that can happen?'”

Since starring on Strictly, Simon spoke out about how he “hated” the line-up that took part in the show the year after.

This comes after he confessed to Tim on Sunday Brunch in 2019: “That year when you come back, you hate the next group of people and you hate your dancers.”

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Tim replied: “Because they’ve let you down!

“It’s like a holiday romance, you think you’re special.”

Meanwhile, last Sunday, Simon decided to respond to one viewer on Twitter who told the host he had relaxed his appearance after weeks of presenting Sunday Brunch from home.

It comes after Simon and Tim returned to their studio as rules relax amid the coronavirus pandemic.


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One Channel 4 viewer cheekily wrote to Simon: “Is @simonrim wearing tracksuit bottoms on @SundayBrunchC4?”

To which he quickly penned back: “Whaaat? How very dare you!”(sic)

Simon went on to add what he was wearing at the time: “No they’re really nice blue Club Monaco trousers.”

The Twitter user apologised to the host by writing: “My apologies.”

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