Paddy McGuiness had therapy to combat flying fear ahead of Top Gear

Comedian and presenter Paddy McGuinness has admitted that he had therapy to combat his fear of flying before landing his Top Gear opportunity.

The Take Me Out presenter had a crippling fear of flying before going to therapy to try to tackle it.

He decided it was time to combat the phobia when he landed the Top Gear job.

He had previously never been further than Portugal because he was that scared of getting on a plane.

Even in instances when he had flown, he confessed he would have to get ‘blind drunk’ just to get through the journey.

‘I didn’t like flying,’ Paddy explained to Radio Times, ‘I never have. I would get on flights blind drunk – that was my default setting.’

Paddy joins other new presenter, former cricketer Freddie Flintoff and returning presenter Chris Harris.

The trio will host the new series of Top Gear after old presenters Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid left the main show.

They will also be replacing the longstanding trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond.

Then he explained how this became impossible once he started on Top Gear and it was time to find another solution.

Paddy said he realised he couldn’t get drunk while working on the show because he would be ‘driving a car at the other end’.

He added :’ So I went to see a doctor to combat my fear, and it was the best money I ever spent.

‘Now it’s great. I’ll be giving you tips, Angela. It’s the best way to travel! I’m all over it now – I love it!’

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