BBC presenter Ray Gosling believed confessing to the mercy killing of a lover would not cause “many ripples”, his lawyer said.
Gosling (70) was arrested on Wednesday morning on suspicion of murder and questioned by detectives on five separate occasions in Nottingham over 30 hours before he was granted bail.
His arrest came after he revealed on BBC East Midlands' Inside Out programme that he smothered a male lover as he lay in a hospital bed dying of Aids.
Yesterday, his solicitor Digby Johnson said Gosling was “very surprised” at the reaction after it aired on Monday evening.
Mr Johnson said: “Ray thought it was a fairly short item on a regional television programme and it wouldn't cause many ripples.
“The very magnitude of the attention really has taken him aback and has perhaps given him cause for thought in itself.”
Earlier, Mr Johnson said Gosling had not named the victim during questioning.
Nottingham Police said Gosling had been bailed to a date in April.
In the programme Gosling said that he had smothered his partner because he was “in terrible, terrible pain”.