Richard Madeley doesn’t wear underpants. We know this because he has told us so, on a few occasions, and there’s no reason to doubt him. I mean, why would you make that one up? During a typically pointless segment on ITV’s Good Morning Britain a couple of years ago, the “peg” being a survey about how often blokes buy a new pair of shreddies, Madeley just came out with it, so to speak – “I can’t remember the last time I wore pants” – explaining that, provided you shower daily, there’s really no need. Then, typically, he pushed things a bit, asking his fellow presenters Charlotte Hawkins and Kate Garraway: “How often do your fellas change their underwear… do they regularly refresh and buy?”
As with his most recent “controversial” point of view, a slightly garbled comparison of ex-Isis bride Shamima Begum and the Hitler Youth, Madeley’s dissertation illuminated two key features of his persona. First, that he seems to possess no “filter” when he speaks his mind; and, second, that he has the mind of Alan Partridge.
For the record, Madeley expressed this view, not necessarily endorsed by ITV: “It’s quite an interesting point, and I was thinking about this last night. Obviously, we had the Nuremberg trials after the war and we hanged quite a few Nazis and imprisoned a lot of others and we let them out eventually.
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