Alongside Angela Rippon and Matt Edmondson, Jeff Stelling was among the guests welcomed to the panel of Tipping Point Lucky Stars by host-with-the-dashing-smile, Ben Shephard.
The 66-year-old has taken a break from his usual role as a sports TV personality as he appears on tonight’s special edition of the popular quiz show.
After joining Sky’s Sports Saturday programme back in 1994, and helping to launch Soccer Saturday four years later in 1998, Stelling has risen to become somewhat of a national treasure.
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He still hosts Soccer Saturday to this day, marking a seriously long reign on the show, and much of its long-running popularity has been put down to his charm and professionalism.
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Stelling has previously been named Sports Broadcaster of the Year for four years in a row by the Sports Journalists’ Association based on a members’ poll, and even been granted the title of honorary freeman of his home town of Hartlepool.
It’s no surprise the TV star has been awarded with so many accolades, considering the incredible amount he has done for charity throughout his career.
Stelling has completed the London marathon eight times (with a best time of 3 hours and 28 minutes), raised £100,000 for children’s charity The Finlay Cooper Fund by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2013, walked 262 miles from Hartlepool United to Wembley Stadium over 10 days raising over £420,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.
In 2017, the philanthropist once again completed a huge fundraiser for Prostrate Cancer UK, walking the equivalent of 15 marathons in 15 days between Exeter and Newcastle.
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Last year, in September 2020 the TV star published his book, “I’ve Got Mail,” in which he revealed previously unheard secrets about his career – including the shocking revelation that he had nearly been the victim of a horrendous blackmail attempt.
In his book, Stelling described how blackmailers demanded £50,000 – or else threatened to ‘flood the internet’ with bogus accusations of sexual assault about him.
He wrote: “The first letter arrived at my home early in December 2017.
“This wasn’t fan mail.
“This was blackmail.”
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The note began: “We are a highly discreet organization that supplies support, recompense and closure for victims of sexual assault or abuse.”
Jeff said: “I knew I had nothing to be concerned about. I showed it to my wife.”
They ignored it until a second letter arrived and police were called, who said other celebrities had received similar notes.
The crooks demanded £50,000 in return for keeping their false allegations away from the web.
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