Bradley Walsh, 61, reveals retirement plans

Bradley Walsh has announced that he is considering retirement despite being dubbed “one of the” richest stars on TV “.

The 61-year-old Chase host admitted he was struggling to keep up with his busy work schedule and complained about the lack of downtime.

He told The Sun, “You know what, in a few years I won’t have to do any of this, I’ll retire and that’s it.”

“I have no time off”: Bradley Walsh, 61, has revealed his retirement plans … after becoming “one of the richest stars on TV”

Bradley, who hosts The Chase and its spin-off shows Celebrity Chase and Beat The Chasers, reveals that he only records the shows 86 days a year.

However, he explained: “From 365 days you could imagine that I have a lot of free time. But once you’ve laid your foundation on shows, you’re good to go and do other things.

“I don’t really have any free time, I have meetings, I have to do personal appearances and stuff like that with other things I’m going to do, so it’s pretty hard to juggle with.”

Still too busy: Bradley, who hosts The Chase and its spin-off shows Celebrity Chase and Beat The Chasers, reveals that he only records the shows 86 days a year

Still too busy: Bradley, who hosts The Chase and its spin-off shows Celebrity Chase and Beat The Chasers, reveals that he only records the shows 86 days a year

The host, who has been running The Chase for 12 years, isn’t slowing down anytime soon, however, as he will host the new BBC1 game show Take Off with Holly Willoughby and is currently filming his role as Pa Larkin on ITV’s Darling Buds in May launch The Larkins New.

Over the years, the actor also played roles as Danny Baldwin on Coronation Street, as DS Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order: UK, and as Graham O’Brien in Doctor Who.

The all-rounder – also a former professional soccer player – has also turned to music and released two albums.

He released Chasing Dreams in 2016 and When You’re Smiling the following year, both of which hit the top 15 on the UK album charts.

Iconic: Over the years, the actor has also enjoyed roles on Coronation Street, Law & Order: UK, and as Graham O'Brien in Doctor Who (pictured with co-star Jodie Whittaker).

Iconic: Over the years, the actor has also enjoyed roles on Coronation Street, Law & Order: UK, and as Graham O’Brien in Doctor Who (pictured with co-star Jodie Whittaker).

Bradley no doubt hopes he can spend more time with his wife in retirement Donna Derby, with whom he shares his son Barney (23).

The father-son dup has a strong bond and starred in the Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad travel series.

Bradley also has a daughter, Hayley, 39, from a previous relationship.

The news of Bradley’s imminent retirement comes after it was claimed his income was down rose to nearly £ 1 million a year making him one of the highest paid stars in the world of television with £ 12.5 million in the bank.

He is considered one of the richest earners on daily television, on par with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

Happy family: Bradley no doubt hopes that in retirement he will be able to spend more time with his wife Donna Derby, with whom he shares their son Barney, 23

Happy family: Bradley no doubt hopes that in retirement he will be able to spend more time with his wife, Donna Derby, with whom he shares their son Barney, 23

Accounts filed with his firm Wingit Productions show that his company’s net worth is £ 12.3 million, an increase of more than £ 800,000 from £ 11.5 million in 2020.

He is said to have assets valued at £ 12.5 million – including a whopping £ 10.3 million in cash, bringing his net worth to £ 20 million.

A source told The Mirror: “Bradley is such a popular star, especially at ITV, that it’s no wonder he has the potential to make so much money.”

Meanwhile, This Morning hosts Phillip, 59, and Holly, 40, have amassed fortunes of £ 8 million and £ 10 million, respectively.

Away from the camera, the father of two runs a successful real estate company that he shares with his wife, Donna, and owns a £ 2.5million farmhouse in Essex.

Bradley has reportedly spent an additional £ 400,000 on woodland in Essex off the M25 motorway.

According to The Sun, the game show host has splashed the money on the barren land next to the country’s busiest highway, but it remains unknown what he plans to do with the mysterious new plot.

According to the title deeds obtained through the publication, the forest was bought by Bradley’s company Barnstormer Holdings Ltd and the lender was Wingit Productions Ltd, its separate television company.

In good company: Bradley is considered one of the richest earners on daily television, on par with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield

In good company: Bradley is considered one of the richest earners on daily television, on par with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield

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