Karl Pilkington 'annoyed' by fame
Karl Pilkington, star of the hit show An Idiot Abroad, has revealed he hates being recognised and gets "annoyed" by the fame from the show's success.
But the Idiot's co-creator Ricky Gervais, who denies that the gruelling tasks are a form of bullying, has claimed Karl is his "gift to the world".
"You get recognised, which does my head in," the former XFM producer confessed. "I went to America to film Route 66 and everyone went mad, they were like 'what are you doing here!' I can't escape it."
Asked why he is such a big hit, Karl, 38, said: "I try not to think about it."
His public profile was first boosted after his role in the popular podcast The Ricky Gervais Show in 2005, where he was joined by Ricky and Stephen Merchant to discuss various topics behind the microphone.
Ricky insisted that Karl is unchanged by his new celebrity status. "He can never be spoilt, never be spoilt by anything," he said, adding that the challenges he completed, however, have made him "stronger and better" than before.
The second series, The Bucket List, will air this month on Sky1 HD. Viewers can expect to see Karl being pushed to the limits as he attempts to complete dangerous and terrifying tasks across the world, such as bungee jumping and swimming with sharks.