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CHRIS MESS GIFTS: HE FAILS TO LURE GUESTS

By Nicola Methven and Polly Hudson

CHRIS Evans is sending gifts to stars in a bid to lure them on to his TV chat show – but they are still turning him down.

Evans is desperately trying bribe people to appear on the late-night ITV series OFI Sunday, which has been universally panned by critics.


So far he’s managed to entice estranged wife Billie Piper, pal James Nesbitt and Zoe Lucker.

But now his mates have run out. So he’s sent rocker Rod Stewart a tiny Celtic soccer kit for his new son, Jude Law a hat and mittens and Gordon Ramsay a £100 bottle of wine. And that’s not all.

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint was given an £85 putter and golf balls and rival chat show star Paul O’Grady found himself the proud owner of a dog warmer coat.

Evans admits that the strategy ain’t working too well. He tells us: “What we do, now and again, is send something to a guest, saying: ‘Here’s a gift from us. If you are around please come on.’

“Jude Law accepted the gift with thanks but can’t come on the show.

Gordon accepted the wine but unfortunately said he can’t come.

“Rod can’t come but loved the present for his son and Paul also said No. Still, Rupert Grint is happy to come on the show.”

He adds a tad defensively: “I don’t want people to come on unless they want to.”

Evans insists he is not alone in using presents to try to pull in big names.

“It is an odd world in television chat shows when it comes to attracting stars,” he muses. “Frank Skinner offers his guests vast sums of money, Jonathan Ross has exclusivity deals and Richard and Judy give you fantastic goodie bags and Tattinger champagne.”

As well being as savaged by the critics, OFI Sunday has dwinded in the ratings from 3.8 million viewers to 3 million last weekend. Which might explain why people aren’t too keen to take part.

Better luck next time, Chris.


Original article found here: The Mirror | December 9th, 2005

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