Hit me hard’ Nicky Campbell claims Charlie Brooker’s vicious insults left him depressed

Nicky Campbell opens up on bipolar diagnosis on Lorraine

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Nicky Campbell, 60, has claimed he was once bedridden with depression for two days after receiving a barrage of “vicious” insults from satirist and writer Charlie Brooker, 50. The Scottish radio and TV personality said the “horrible” comments from the Black Mirror writer hit him “really hard”.

Nicky claimed Charlie “took against him” in a series of rants made in online reviews and on television.

The star, who suffers from depression and bipolar disorder, also said the insults, including calling him a “w**kstain” and “The Antichrist” affected him more due to his admiration for the writer.

Speaking on the Time Capsule podcast, Nicky claimed: “I’ve suffered from terrible depression since I can remember – probably since I was a teenager, and I have bipolar disorder type two.

“I think that Charlie Brooker became slightly, I don’t know… he gave me some terrible reviews and thought there was something unsettling about me and he sort of focused on it – something for him that didn’t ring true.

“He just really took against me. He did these reviews, and then he made a video online and I think he did it on television, that I was The Devil.

“He’s brilliant, Charlie is a brilliant writer – Black Mirror is phenomenal, he has done some incredible stuff. 

“He’s one of the greatest. [But when] I was at a really low ebb, and we had a text on the air, saying, ‘Charlie Brooker really gave you the full treatment last night’.

“I thought, ‘What’s that?’ I went home and watched it. It was a kind of comedy show, and he just laid into me. He had a string of insults and that really hit me.

“That kind of, ‘He’s right. I don’t deserve to be here and he’s rumbled me – he’s got me. I don’t really know who I am and he’s sussed it out. He’s pointing the finger and everyone’s laughing.'” 

Recalling one of the more unsavoury comments, Nicky recalled: “I think one of the words was ‘w**kstain’, and it sent me into… I was in bed for two days after it. 

“It sent me into a really, really low ebb and I was suffering badly at the time, anyway.”

Nicky shared how he is able to take criticism on occasion, however, the remarks from Charlie felt “really visceral”.

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He continued: “I can take it – of course, I can take people having a go and having a bit of craic and insulting you – it goes with the game. But this was visceral. Really, really visceral and really vicious and really horrible.”

The father-of-four added that people like Charlie needed to be “very careful” about what they say in the public sphere.

The 5 Live breakfast presenter said: “It was more disappointing because he wasn’t just some t**t, he’s this really highly regarded, brilliant writer. It might sound a bit pathetic, but it really hit me hard.

“I think we’ve got to be very careful about that sort of thing in the public space. 

“Nobody knows what anybody’s going through,” he added.

“I will never be as talented or as brainy or as articulate as Charlie Brooker, but on that occasion and a few other occasions, it was bad.”

The writer has presented a number of television shows, mostly consisting of satirical and biting criticism of modern society and the media, such as Screenwipe, Gameswipe, Newswipe, Weekly Wipe, and 10 O’Clock Live.

Express.co.uk has contacted Charlie’s reps for comment. 

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