Nicky Campbell says 'vicious' comments from Charlie Brooker left him in bed with depression

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Nicky Campbell said comments made by Charlie Brooker affected his mental health. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Nicky Campbell said comments by Charlie Brooker affected his mental health. (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Nicky Campbell has said he spent two days in bed with depression following “really vicious” comments from satirist Charlie Brooker.

Presenter Campbell, known for his work on TV shows including Watchdog and Long Lost Family, said the remarks left him at a “low ebb”.

Brooker, 50, wrote in a 2004 newspaper column that Campbell, 60, is “the Antichrist”, while an episode of his review show Screenwipe featured a recap of the host's career set to satanic music.

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Campbell, speaking on the My Time Capsule podcast. also referenced other jibes that he said took a toll on him.

He said he has suffered from “terrible depression” since he was a teenager and has been diagnosed as having bipolar disorder type 2.

Charlie Brooker called Campbell the 'Antichrist'. (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)
Charlie Brooker called Nicky Campbell the 'Antichrist'. (Sthanlee B Mirador/Sipa USA)

Campbell remarked that Brooker, known for his acerbic wit, “really took against me”.

After praising Brooker’s writing skills, Campbell said: “But I came off the air one day, I was at a really low ebb, and we had a text on the air, saying, ‘Charlie Brooker really gave you the full treatment last night.’ I thought: ‘What’s that?’ I went home and watched it.

“It was a kind of comedy show, and he just laid into me. He had a string of insults and that really hit me. Kind of: He’s right, he’s right. I don’t deserve to be here and he’s rumbled me – he’s got me. And I don’t really know who I am and he’s sussed it out.

“He’s like pointing the finger and everyone’s laughing.”

Campbell said he spent two days in bed after hearing the remarks.

Nicky Campbell said he was in bed for two days. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Nicky Campbell said he was in bed for two days. (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

“It sent me into a really, really low ebb and I was suffering at the time, badly, anyway,” he said.

“Of course, I can take people having a go and having a bit of craic and insulting you, it goes with the game. But this was visceral. Really, really visceral and really vicious and really horrible.”

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Campbell said if Brooker, who is married to TV presenter Konnie Huq, made the comments on social media today, people would think he was “some weirdo in a flat somewhere, some keyboard warrior”.

He added: “We’ve got to be very, very careful about that sort of thing in the public space.”

Brooker has been contacted for comment.

With reporting by PA.