You’d think that having survived a nightmare in a Thai jungle, in which he very nearly died, former EastEnders actor Paul Nichols would be chomping at the bit to tell the world his story of miraculous survival under the harshest conditions with which the human body can cope.
And he probably thought that by going on Loose Women, he was going to get the platform to tell his story, and he would have done, had he not been cut short because of time constraints…
Just as the 38-year-old was getting into his stride as he told his Heart of Darkness-esque story, he was cut short by Coleen Nolan due to time restraints. Because clearly, the show-runners thought that this would be a quick in-and-out interview.
Justified or not, the interruption did not sit well with the viewers at home, who took to social media to voice their indignation at the situation, branding the show “rude” as they did so.
Paul, who spent the mid-90s playing Joe Wick on the flagship BBC soap, explained that his ordeal took place after going for a ride on a scooter during his trip to Koh Samui.
During his trip, he ended up running for his life as he was chased by a pack of wild dogs, and ended up falling down a waterfall.
“I think one pack had made a kill and the blood had attracted the others. They were fighting with each other and then they saw me.” he said, before recalling “One of them grabbed on to my foot and sank his teeth in, drawing blood.”
“One had made a kill of a monitor lizard, and the blood had attracted the rest of the dogs.
“They saw me and thought I was another kill. I couldn’t turn around, I had to go through them and one chomped at my foot and ran off with my flip flop.”
Recollecting his nightmarish ordeal, he told Loose Women presenters Coleen, Nadia Sawalha, Janet Street-Porter and Anne Diamond: “I thought if I get into the water, these dogs can’t swim. I didn’t realise how much I was bleeding and I just went over a 20-foot drop.
“I remember seeing my knee hit [a rock] and something just flew out. It was part of my kneecap.”
“I hit the water…I remember thinking ‘Thank God the water is deep enough’ as I didn’t know.”Upon catching his breath, he noticed there was “a hole where my knee cap should be.”
Dazed and unable to walk due to his kneecap exploding, Paul was forced to lie around for three days and hope that at some point someone would spot him and take him to safety, which they eventually did. In that time, he was forced to fight off crabs and leeches.
“And then I saw these things swimming through the water and I thought, those are leeches. Very big leeches.” he added.
But just as he was getting to the upmost point of his incredible and gripping story arc, and irrespective of how gripping it was, he was cut short by Coleen Nolan, who stopped the story in its tracks when she said: “Well, Paul, I’m so sorry… We’re just glad you’re here. You made it – incredible story. I hope they turn it into a film.”
Never being able to finish his story, the viewers at home took to social media to express their annoyance with how shoddily the interview was conducted.
One moaned: “The one thing I hate about #LooseWomen is they never give guests enough time! Constantly announcing who’s coming on, then rushing interview.”
Another added: “It would be nice if Paul had enough time. He should’ve been the only [guest]. We get talentless reality ppl. This was fascinating.”
This women are so ignorant they have these guests on but interrupt them mid sentence and don’t let them ever finish a question #LooseWomen
— paula white (@paulawhite1) November 7, 2017
And a third said: “#LooseWomen Why invite someone on for their story and not give them enough time? But give a whole eight minutes for competition time! RUDE!”
Whilst another agreed: “Paul Nicholls wasn’t given enough time. How rude that he was cut off. He needs to go on @thismorning #PaulNichollls #LooseWomen,”
“#LooseWomen oh wait a minute – I nearly died but I’ll wrap that story up in two mins – seriously?” another commented.
Meanwhile, fellow Loose Women presenter Andrea Mclain has also hit headlines recently after admitting how she became famous.
The 48-year-old confessed that in her early career days she would work for free just to get her name ‘out there’. In an Instagram photo, the ex-weather reporter and presenter jumped on the bandwagon of celeb stars who were sharing posts about the difficulties of getting to where they are today.
Her instagram photo read: “At 23… JK Rowling was broke, Tina Fey was working at the YMCA, Oprah had just been fired as a TV reporter and Walt Disney had just declared bankruptcy.
“It’s going to be okay.”
Before writing the caption underneath: “At 23 I was backpacking around Asia and Australia without a phone, laptop or any way of being contacted other than calling from pay phones and giving the address of post offices to my parents.
“I took six albums of photos and filled three books with notes and memories. I came home broke but driven; I knew if I could survive a year away from home I was brave enough to try anything.
“A few months later I had a bank loan, a bedsit in London and worked for free for any national magazine that would take me.
“Some nights, on my way home from a late shift, I’d stop on Waterloo Bridge to take in the awesome beauty of London, and feel the thrill of excitement that I was ‘actually doing this!’
“I still stop on the same spot on the bridge that I used to all those years ago, and marvel that 24 years later I am still ‘actually doing this’ and still get a huge kick out of it.”
Many fans praised the Loose Women star for speaking out about her experiences and inspiring other youngsters to take a chance.
One follower wrote: “This made me cry! What an inspiration for your kids, well, everyone! Keep doing it.”
Whilst another added: “I bet there are some strong determined women, in your family tree. Well done, so happy for you, for your new life ahead.”