Bob Mortimer fears Covid lockdown could cut his life short by 2 years

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 December 2020
Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse

Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse

Comedian Bob Mortimer thinks he could have cut his life short by two years after gorging on food and booze in lockdown

Bob Mortimer fears the coronavirus lockdown could've cut his life short by two years.

The 61-year-old comic – who had a triple heart bypass in 2015 after finding that 95 per cent of his arteries were blocked – is worried he has taken years off his life after gorging on food and booze without doing any exercise.

He told the Radio Times magazine: "While I have been in lockdown I’ve done no exercise, I’ve eaten so much and drunk so much booze. Lockdown has probably taken two years off of my life."

However, Bob doesn't expect things to change now the country is out of lockdown, as his Christmas plans are set to involve even more booze.

He added: “It’ll be a normal Christmas – which is boozing, then eating, then boozing, then eating.”

Bob has teamed up with his 'Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing' co-star Paul Whitehouse for a festive special which will see Bob try to show Paul what Christmas is all about.

Paul – who also suffers from heart disease – takes the pair's BBC Two regular series seriously in hopes it will encourage men to open up.

He said: "It’s made us be a bit more socially responsible and a bit more aware of the people watching, rather than just a couple of idiots mucking about on a riverbank. I think we almost have to do something about men’s health."

What's more, Bob previously dubbed Paul his father figure after he lost his dad when he was seven years old.

Bob explained: "My dad died when I was seven, and fishing wasn't something that we'd have ever done together. I sometimes think, when we're doing the show, that Paul's my dad.

"He's the one looking after me, getting irritated by me and wishing I wasn't there. When it comes to fishing, I need a lot of parenting. In fact, I need help just standing upright. It's basically like having a toddler."