Keith Lemon on why he’s getting serious for Through The Keyhole

We’re more used to seeing cheeky Keith Lemon ripping into his Celebrity Juice colleagues Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton, as well as being outrageous with his other guests. Now Keith – played by comedian Leigh Francis, 40 – is back, but this time on primetime TV with the newly revamped Through The Keyhole. Seriously, would you trust Keith Lemon to come into your home to come in and have a nose around?

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by Paul Hirons |

We can’t believe you’ve been let loose around celebrities’ houses…

I can’t believe it either! I accidentally smashed some crystal from someone’s fridge and stole some sunglasses and some knickers and that’s it. I think I’ve been well behaved. Oh I burnt someone’s t-shirt, but anything I break I replace.

Somebody lived in two posh sheds in America, but apparently I can’t tell you any of the houses

Have any celebrities told you certain places you’re not allowed to look?

Normally people say ‘you can go anywhere but don’t open the knicker draw’ so if they say don’t go in there, I don’t go in there. Sometimes they’ll have a locked door in the house, as well which I always think is their sex den.

Have you got a catchphrase like Lloyd Grossman in the original?

I don’t do an impression of Lloyd Grossman but yeah I watch Lloyd Grossman do it and I just thought well I dress better than him and my hair’s better than his! He came to the pilot and I was a bit nervous – it was like having a teacher there! In the first half I said lots of naughty words and I thought he was going to say you can’t do this show. But afterwards he gave me a hug and said, “we were crying with laughter”.

Did any of the houses surprise you?

All of them, ‘cos you have in your mind what you think a person’s house would look like compared to their success, and its always different. Someone who’s not as successful as someone else might have a bigger house than someone who’s more successful, or someone might live in the woods in two posh sheds with a canvas over it and you think, do you really live here? That’s insane. Somebody lived in two posh sheds in America, but apparently I can’t tell you any of the houses.

We're used to seeing Keith on Celebrity Juice
We're used to seeing Keith on Celebrity Juice

So you get to go to America in this series?

Yeah, I was filming over there so I said “why don’t I stay out here longer and do a couple of houses” so they sent crew out. I’m sorry, I can’t say who though!

On Celebrity Juice me and Holly are drunk out of our faces just having a laugh

Do you visit any mate’s houses?

Not mates as such… oh I have done a mate, but it’s someone I know better than any acquaintance at a party. If I know them that’s when I can go further because I know what will offend them. I never go out to offend anyone, really I wouldn’t. I want to hopefully to have a laugh, so I haven’t done anything too naughty. I’ve broken a couple of things but I’ve replaced them and out of my own money as well. It was an accident, there was a nice vase that I accidentally. Oh I burnt someone’s t-shirt, but anything I break I replace.

Anything interesting you’ve seen you can tell us about?

I don’t like it when people put their awards in toilets me. I just think it’s quite disrespectful. I’m right chuffed to win anything and I don’t put it in the toilet me, I’ve got a cabinet in the office and it all goes in there. I don’t to be sat there having a poo and there’s a BAFTA looking at me!

Do you have to behave yourself more on Through The Keyhole?

On Celebrity Juice me and Holly (Willoughby) are drunk out of our faces just having a laugh like if we’re in a pub doing a pub quiz. It’s not much of a job really. Its easy, and we are just messing about on telly. Fearne never drinks when we’re doing Juice. I mean she didn’t last time we were on because she was having a baby anyway but she never really drinks; she’s the most professional out of us all. Well I’m not professional at all really, but Keyhole is different discipline all together – it’s a lot of fun but I am serious about it and stuff. I don’t mess about too much in their houses because I’m a nice guy.

Through The Keyhole, Sat 31 August, 9.20pm, ITV

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