Fitness guru Mr Motivator dusts off his lycra for big TV comeback

Feelgood fitness guru Mr Motivator is bounding back on to our screens — and reckons daytime TV needs whipping back into shape.

The lycra-clad star, 66, encouraged us to be more active and positive in the 1990s on ITV breakfast show GMTV.

And as he prepares to film a new BBC fitness special, he slammed the “shouting and screaming blatantly pushed in your face” in today’s morning schedule, which features hits like Loose Women, Jeremy Kyle and The Jeremy Vine Show.

Asked whether he had noticed a change in tone side his heyday, the star, real name Derrick Evans, said: “Of course — watching people making a fool of themselves or being obnoxious to each other.

“Where is feelgood television?”

He went on: “There’s a role for that kind of attitude on TV rather than what we see every single day, which is the shouting and the screaming blatantly pushed in front of your face. A quality needs to return.

“All too often, what we get is all the nasty stuff, all the bad stuff.

“We laugh at the nasty stuff — we laugh at people having problems rather than saying, ‘Let me listen to how they cope. Let me see what they have to do to change their life’.

“Feelgood TV needs to come back. We need to highlight people who make us feel good.”

Volunteering his services, he added: “On morning television, I believe that there’s a role for me even more.

“Even if it’s only to say, ‘Your parents grew up doing what I was doing and listening to what I was saying on breakfast TV. You now must do the same because there’s some positive messages that will resonate with you for your future.

“My message is even more important now.”

Mr Motivator relocated to Jamaica in 2003 but recently moved back here with his wife Sandra to spend more time with daughter Abigail following her diagnosis with type 1 diabetes.

He is raffling off his £1.6million Caribbean home, with tickets available online for £23, and wants the mansion to be won by an “ordinary person”.

Now based in Manchester, Mr Motivator is also preparing to launch a new fitness incentive, Motivation Mondays.

And this summer, he will be geeing up crowds at the Y Not Festival in Derbyshire and the Truck Festival in Oxfordshire, both on the weekend starting July 26.

Mr Motivator said: “It’s about having some fun with some great music, behaving like a child and losing your inhibitions.

“The turnout is always great – it’s been bursting at the seams.

“I love playing festivals because you’re really close to the audience, the ­participation is incredible and you have such a laugh.”

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