Jimmy Bullard: Soccer AM host causes stir as he exposes ‘deeper, serious side’ in new show
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Former professional football player Jimmy Bullard, 42, has opened up about the surprising feedback he’s been getting, following the release of his fishing and football podcast. In an exclusive chat with Express.co.uk, the Soccer AM presenter spoke about how his self-titled show, Off The Hook With Jimmy Bullard, has led to friends texting the star admitting that they “didn’t know” the outgoing sportsman had a softer side to him.
We knew it would show a different side to me as it’s more settled, it’s slower
The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star spoke candidly about how it brought out a “deeper” side of his personality.
Jimmy started the podcast in December 2020 and has since sat down with a range of sportsmen from former England goalkeeper David Seaman, to boxer Leon McKenzie.
He said: “The podcast does show a different side to me, we knew when we got our heads together that it would do.
“We knew it would show a different side to me as it’s more settled, it’s slower.”
The former Fulham player explained that he had loved angling since he was a “kid”, attributing it’s slow pace to calming him down.
He continued: “I’m a kid really, I’m 100mph in your face and fishing just slows you down and just it’s nice, tranquil.”
Speaking about the effect this would have on the podcast, Jimmy said he hoped it would show a different side to him, other than the prankster persona that’s known and loved for.
“I knew it would show a different side to me – a bit more of a serious side if you want.”
When setting up his Sky Bet podcast, the former pro footballer admitted that he didn’t want it to be too formal.
He confessed: “I’ve done a few podcasts where you just sit round a table and [with Off The Hook] it’s just nice to give a different backdrop.
“The guests sit there and think about not just my questions or their life, but it’s a different feeling you know.”
Jimmy continued: “I didn’t want it to go ‘interviewy’, I don’t want that, we still have a crack, a bit of a laugh but we knew it was going to show a deeper side.”
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The sports presenter revealed that the change in his personality caused his friends to message him in surprise at just how relaxed he came across.
He said: “Everyone’s been texting [saying], ‘I didn’t know you were like that Jimmy,’ I’ve been getting that sort of feedback.
“I’m not always nuts, you can’t be nuts 100 per cent of the time, I don’t even think I’m nuts. A load of people say to me, ‘Jim, you’re nuts,’ but I don’t even see it.”
He continued matter of factly: “When it’s you, it’s you isn’t it, but it [the podcast] definitely brings out a side to me that not a lot of people know.”
The Soccer AM host also opened up about what he’s been up to in lockdown.
Along with friend and presenter Chris Kamara, the pair recently took on a football-themed challenge with a twist – putting their ball control skills to the test by using the world’s first connected pressure washer, created by global cleaning experts Kärcher.
Speaking about the task, Jimmy said: “Kammy and I have had such a laugh with the pressure washers, everyone has heard of the iconic Kärcher washers.”
He continued to explain how they used Smart Control Technology to use the washers from their phones: “We set up an assault course and used the app to control the power of the pressure washer, and we bought a bit of football and fun into it.”
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