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No Total Wipeout stunts for Richard Hammond

Total Wipeout host Richard Hammond says he would never be a contestant on the show himself - as he fears he might find the experience "painful".

Richard, whose daredevil stunts on Top Gear have been well-documented, including being rushed to hospital in 2006 after a high-speed smash, said he would draw the line at taking part in the slapstick BBC One contest.

The programme sees members of the public journey across the globe to tackle extreme obstacles amid water and mud in a purpose-built course in Argentina.

Asked by the Radio Times if contestants were ever injured, Richard said: "There's the odd dislocated shoulder. They have two ambulances on standby. That's why I would never do it - it might be painful."

Speaking about whether he had ever laughed when he shouldn't, Richard said: "Every week. It isn't cruel because the contestants volunteer - that gives me the right to laugh."

On what the future held, he joked: "Top Gear will roll on while we get older and fatter until we can't squeeze in and out of the cars, probably.

"I'm a very lucky boy who gets to present programmes I love."

:: The full interview appears in the latest issue of the Radio Times.

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