Richard Bacon 'doesn't mind' talking about Blue Peter cocaine scandal

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Richard Bacon "doesn't mind" talking about the cocaine scandal that cost him his job on Blue Peter.

The 45-year-old presenter reflected on the controversy, which saw him fired from the popular children's TV show in 1998 after he admitted taking drugs in a London nightclub, and he said he's "comfortable" having a laugh about it.

"I don't mind talking about Blue Peter or the cocaine. It's all such a prominent part of my past. But I'm very comfortable making jokes about it. I just don't care. It doesn't make any difference to anything," Bacon told The Sun newspaper.

However, he did note that the situation would have been very different had social media been around at the time he was caught snorting cocaine.

"The intensity of the storm is even more fierce and more frightening now. If you're caught up in a massive scandal there are probably tens of thousands of tweets about you," he shared.

The presenter was just 22 when he was sacked from the TV show Peter, 18 months after landing the gig, and at the time, BBC bosses said his behaviour had "let down the millions of children who watch Blue Peter."

His career has since gone from strength to strength, and Bacon is now living in Los Angeles with his family, and last year, he signed a major deal with NBC Universal to create TV shows.

He's also the producer of new BBC show This Is My House, presented by Stacey Dooley.