Paddy McGuinness says he once phoned up BabeStation with Robbie Williams

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Robbie Williams and Paddy McGuinness have been friends for several years. (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Robbie Williams and Paddy McGuinness have been friends for several years. (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Paddy McGuinness has revealed that he and Robbie Williams once called BabeStation together during an evening at the singer's London home.

The 48-year-old Top Gear presenter recalled that he and Williams didn't use the call for X-rated chat and instead spoke to a woman about movie comedies, biscuits and football managers.

McGuinness told The Sun: "So there we were, the king of pop, chatting away to the girl on BabeStation who was totally oblivious to who she was talking to."

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The Take Me Out presenter befriended Williams when they were introduced by mutual friend Jonathan Wilkes.

They have since been close pals and have shared the pitch on numerous occasions as part of the annual Soccer Aid charity football match for UNICEF, masterminded by Williams and Wilkes.

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McGuinness also revealed to The Sun this week that he and another of his close friends — comedian Peter Kay — were often mistaken for a couple when they shared hotel rooms on Kay's early stand-up tours.

He said: “Cue the awkward pause and ‘they must be gay’ looks before being given the key.”

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It was Kay who helped McGuinness to get his first acting gig in the pilot episode of That Peter Kay Thing, before casting him in Phoenix Nights.

McGuiness and Kay's bouncer characters in that show would subsequently spin off into their own programme Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere.

Peter Kay and Paddy McGuinness starred in 'Phoenix Nights' spin-off series 'Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere'. (Channel 4)
Peter Kay and Paddy McGuinness starred in 'Phoenix Nights' spin-off series 'Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere'. (Channel 4)

McGuinness is currently promoting his new memoir My Lifey, which has been released this week.

One of the most eye-catching stories McGuinness has told in the new book is of a boozy night out in which he found himself dancing topless with Prince Harry at a post-Soccer Aid party.

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He said: "We finished dancing and while everyone was cheering, we embraced and he gave me a smacker on the lips."

McGuinness will return to screens in November as one of the hosts of the new series of Top Gear, again joining Andrew Flintoff and Chris Harris.

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