Jools Holland falls over at GQ Awards [GETTY]
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Jools Holland’s show guest Courtney Love didn’t spare his blushes when she walked in on him in the nude – and declined to leave, despite knowing he was starkers. The blushing TV show host recalled the episode as one of his most memorable moments from three decades of fronting his show, Later…with Jools Holland.
The music show has been a favourite onscreen for decades – but little did viewers know how close its pianist host came to total embarrassment when Hole frontwoman Courtney Love spotted him nude.
Discussing wardrobe malfunctions, he confessed: “Courtney Love did come into my dressing room when I had no clothes on.
“Instead of saying, ‘I’ll come back in a minute,’ she just stayed there while I put them on!” he exclaimed.
90s grunger Courtney, who was once married to the late Nirvana star Kurt Cobain, had always had a notoriously relaxed attitude to nudity.
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During one interview with the New York Times, she greeted reporter Eric Wilson while completely naked, and then walked through the Mercer’s hotel lobby in pink knickers with her breasts fully exposed.
Looking back on the incident afterwards, she suggested she’d lived up to her “worst reputation” and texted the journalist to apologise.
Meanwhile, Salvatore Calabrese later told the Guardian that she had been topless when he had delivered martinis to her at her hotel suite in the Lanesborough in London, too.
Though Courtney might have been nonplussed about nudity, Jools has had so many memorable guests on his show that she’s not the only one who stood out as he reviewed the past three decades on air.
On one occasion, he was invited to sing with a then 12-year-old Adele before she’d even entered stage school via a note delivered backstage by her mum – but ultimately “never heard anything back”.
“I missed out there, rather, didn’t I?” he joked, highlighting the night she’d gone to see one of his musical performances at Croydon Fairfield Halls.
Another missed opportunity was grilling the Gallagher brothers, as Paula Yates – his colleague from The Tube – ended up “collaring” them instead.
“There was a bit of Gallagher brother arguing when Oasis came on,” the starstruck presenter reminisced, claiming it was “great” to have witnessed it.
He then had a chat with Noel about cathedral architecture – a topic that seemingly ran in stark contrast to the star’s rock ‘n’ roll roots – before Paula put a stop to their conversation.
“They were more interested in her than me. She stole them from me!” Jools exclaimed jokingly during his interview with the Radio Times.
There was a slightly embarrassing moment onscreen after Pete Doherty of the Libertines was too exhausted to fulfil his commitment to appear on the show, and James Blunt had to be drafted in at the last minute instead.
Jools had unsuspectingly handed the microphone over to James asking him what he wanted to say to Pete, perhaps expecting a “get well soon” message.
Instead, the singer-songwriter delivered a blunt “Thank you very much!”
The 30 years of his show was also marred by the occasional trauma, including when he appeared onstage in 2014 despite secretly battling prostate cancer at the same time.
The potentially deadly disease had been spotted before any symptoms arose due to it being picked up on a routine blood test – but it was still a tense moment as viewers knew nothing of what he was experiencing behind the scenes.
Earlier this year, he fronted the Raise The Roof show, a star-studded gig with the aim of raising awareness of the cancer.
Meanwhile, Jools recently told the Times that he wouldn’t have Kanye West on the show again now, due to his recent string of antisemitic comments.
Read Jools’ full interview in the new issue of Radio Times magazine, out this week.
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