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BUSHELL ON THE BOX: SHANE AND THE BLAME GAME.

Byline: Garry Bushell

SHANE Richie was good value on Tabloid Tales, protesting that the press lied about him, then admitting that he had indeed sold his body to older women, slept rough on park benches and comprehensively failed to keep it in his trousers. Shown a shot of him snogging someone he wasn't married to, Shane (right) shrugged: "I'm very tactile."

But did his career nose dive cos he did promo deals with one paper and upset its rivals, as Piers Morgan argued? Only partly. Shane wouldn't have crashed so dramatically if his shows had been any good.

Badly produced on Lucky Numbers, he was then lumbered with that stinking wedding format. ITV deserves a bucketload of the blame.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Feb 29, 2004
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