The 82-year-old Harry Potter star may regularly appear on breakfast programmes and late-night talk shows, but she’s made it clear she’s got no desire to sign up for reality TV.
While it would be easy to assume she might not have done due to her famously outspoken nature and hilarious lack of filter, she’s instead revealed the reason why she turned down the beloved BBC series.
When speaking about the recent release of her tell-all memoir, Oh Miriam: Stories from an Extraordinary Life, the actress said she’d agreed to write the book because ‘they offered me a lot of money’.
‘That’s true, that’s absolutely true,’ she said.
‘When you’re old and you know that your earning potential is diminishing, you’ve got to get the money while you can.’
However, she made it clear that the desire to make money didn’t extend to accepting an offer for certain projects.
She continued, saying: ‘I won’t do that, what do you call it? The dancing thing.’
After host Nick Grimshaw, who fronts the Dish from Waitrose with Angela Hartnett, asked if she meant Strictly, Miriam confirmed she’d been asked to appear multiple times.
‘Yeah, they must have been f***ing nuts,’ she quipped.
She then revealed she’d also been approached to appear on I’m A Celebrity but was scathing in her reason for turning it down.
‘And they asked me to go in the jungle,’ she revealed, with Nick asking her if that had been a ‘hard no’.
‘I’ve got class, love. I’m not doing that.’
During a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Miriam wasn’t shy when expressing her opinions on the ITV series.
When asked by the host whether she’d ever appear, she declared: ‘Are you kidding? I’m not a wh***’.
During the conversation, fellow guest Boy George looked back on his time in the jungle last year, which saw him living alongside former health secretary Matt Hancock.
Reflecting on the Bushtucker Trials he took ok, he revealed Buddhist chants were used to try and deter snakes.
‘For some reason, the snakes went for Matt Hancock,’ he recalled, with Miriam scoffing: ‘It takes one to know one.’
Last year she made it clear she didn’t support ITV casting the disgraced politician for the show.
‘Why we have him on our televisions, I don’t know. I don’t know why he was thought a proper person to entertain. He’s a vile human being,’ she said during an interview on Ireland’s The Six O’Clock Show.
‘He nearly destroyed our National Health Service, he sent loads of people with Covid, old ladies, back into their care homes. I think he’s a detestable, vile, puny individual.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted BBC and ITV for comment.
Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday at 6.40pm on BBC One. I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! launches on Sunday, November 19, at 9pm on ITV.
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