I considered quitting comedy, says Jason Manford

Comedian and TV presenter Jason Manford has revealed that he considered quitting showbiz and becoming a plasterer after leaving The One Show.

The married father of three left the BBC One show earlier this year following the revelations that he had been getting a little too intimate with fans on social networking sites.

And he has confessed that he almost decided to give up his stand-up career too.

“People are more sympathetic than you’d think,” Jason said. “Maybe people look at themselves and ask whether they’ve never made a mistake before. I don’t know.

“Sometimes I’ll make a crack about my own mistake and people will ask why I did that,” he added. “It’s hard to know the right way to deal with it. I’m just pleased people still want to see me. There was definitely a time when I thought about retraining as a plasterer.”

Jason’s latest job is as host of ITV1’s Show Me The Funny, which begins on July 18.

The talent show with a difference features 10 comedians competing for the top prize of £100,000, a nationwide tour and a DVD released in time for Christmas.

“I wish there’d been a show like it when I was trying to break through. Life would have been a lot easier!” Jason said.

He also admitted that he does not miss his job on The One Show.

“It’s just reading!” he said. “It was fun, don’t get me wrong. I had a laugh, but that’s the past. You have to move on. I hope people let me.

“I still get the odd heckle, but I’ve always had hecklers. That’s part of the job. You just deal with it.”