‘Cervical smears, for some people who are put off by the thought they might be painful,’ she explained.
The 52-year-old went on: ‘I would say there are beauty treatments, including bikini waxes, which are more painful than cervical smears, so go and have your smear.’
‘I don’t feel able to comment on that one,’ Ed replied.
‘I’ve never worn a bikini,’ he then said, before correcting himself that it ‘wasn’t true’.
‘Is Ed about to make a confession here about a bikini?’ journalist Andrew Pierce probed.
Ed then confessed: ‘I was once Sharon Davis in a swimsuit competition for charity.’
When questioned on whether there was any photographic evidence of the moment, Ed replied: ‘I don’t know!’
‘We’ll find them,’ Susanna said – and her promise didn’t fail.
Ed then turned serious, saying: ‘I’ve got to say, I looked really good.’
Later on the show, Susanna was stunned when pictures of Ed in a mankini actually appeared on screen.
‘Has it been censored?’ she checked, before the image appeared on screen – but it wasn’t what anyone was expecting.
In fact, it wasn’t Ed in a swimsuit, but having a ‘big daddy moment’ in his wrestling look.
‘Luckily, you’re not showing the bottom half!’ he quipped.
‘Is that an AI mock-up?’ Susanna laughed.
As the images showed on screen, Ed admitted that his daughters forbid him from wearing that look without boxer shorts, because it was ‘too revealing’.
‘I had not shaved or anything,’ he admitted, in a TMI confession.
‘For those who say too early… you’re not wrong,’ Susanna replied.
‘It’s going to be the gift that keeps on giving!’
As well as urging people to have their smears, Susanna has also raised attention to mammograms in recent months.
She previously said Sarah Ferguson’s breast cancer diagnosis was a ‘wake-up call’ for her to book an appointment earlier this year.
In June, she detailed overcoming several practical ‘hurdles’ to book her appointment, after finally ‘getting around to it’.
Later sharing an update about the experience, which involved a few setbacks, she said: ‘It was slightly stressful.’
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She went on: ‘I went in, and the nurse was absolutely lovely, and it wasn’t in the least bit painful or uncomfortable.
‘I was expecting it to be far, far worse.’
‘So if you have been putting it off for that reason, please don’t. Go and get your mammogram done,’ she urged.
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