Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen ‘would never do Strictly or I’m A Celeb’ even with ‘tax bill from hell’

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has shared his thoughts on taking part in any future TV opportunities, revealing why he would never say yes to Strictly Come Dancing or I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!.

The interior designer guru, 57, was first offered the Changing Rooms gig in 1996, and while he has no regrets joining the show, he was never the type who wanted to go down the television route.

Speaking to us about starting his TV career, Laurence said the producers noticed that there was someone on television that wasn’t desperate about being on television.

"That seems like such a weird thing these days," he shared. "Our celebrity culture is full of people who are on television because they’re desperate to be your best mate when they’re on screen. I’ve always done me, been me, and worn my clothes."

He continued: "When I did the screen test, they rang me the next day, saying, 'You look stupid. Who decorates wearing leather trousers and a frock coat, and you’re so naughty, you don’t listen to what people say or anything, we love it, can you start tomorrow?'

"Finding people who are not afraid to be who they are on television is rare."

He added: "I’m not hanging around just hoping to be on television. That’s why I won’t do Strictly Come Dancing or the jungle."

Laurence explained further: "It’s not me. Having said that, there’s always the tax bill from hell!

"I did The Greatest Snowman last year, which I really loved. But I did that because I enjoy it. I’m never going to do Celebrity Bake Off because I can’t bake."

Laurence revealed he was "horribly unimpressed" when he was first approached to go on television.

"I’m actually quite grumpy about it. When the show started in 1996, I was desperate to finish it to get back to my clients," he said.

While the star shot to fame for giving television a go despite his true feelings about it, Laurence is now putting his knowledge on all things interior, design and culture to good use in his new book More, More, More.

The author confessed what he wants people to take away from his book, adding: "Imagine you’re going into Simon Cowell’s sitting room, and it’s all white and there’s nothing in there.

"Whereas you come into my room and there’s colour, it’s comfy and there are lots of sofas, cushions, a fireplace with candles lit. It looks warm before you even start."

Laurence adds: "More More More is the book that allows you to hold your head up high, and say, 'I know exactly how maximalism works.'"

More More More by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, (DK, £20) is available at


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