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The Project host Tommy Little says he 'feels like a fraud' after failed charity swim


‘Shattered’ Project host Tommy Little says he ‘feels like a fraud’ after his failed charity swim: ‘A lot of people donated money – and we didn’t finish’

Tommy Little has expressed his deep regret after failing to complete his charity swim from the United Kingdom to Belgium.

The comedian, 27, had embarked on the swim over the weekend to raise money for a spinal cord charity, but was forced to stop halfway through after French authorities threatened to intercept his team’s boat.

‘I’m shattered and I’m embarrassed. I’ve been talking about this swim for about six months now,’ he said on The Project on Monday.

The Project host Tommy Little (pictured) has expressed his deep regret after failing to complete his charity swim from the United Kingdom to Belgium

The Project host Tommy Little (pictured) has expressed his deep regret after failing to complete his charity swim from the United Kingdom to Belgium

‘A lot of people donated money, which is going to a great cause, and we didn’t finish. And if you don’t think it’s embarrassing… we even got world record T-shirts with our names on them, and where are we going to wear them?’ he added. 

Tommy, who went through months of gruelling training and fundraising, admitted he was ‘still devastated’ by the weekend’s turn of events.

The funnyman explained his swim team was prevented from entering French waters, despite receiving approval for the route they were taking, because local officials ‘decided it was getting too dangerous’.

The comedian, 27, had embarked on the swim over the weekend to raise money for a spinal cord charity, but was forced to stop halfway through after French authorities threatened to intercept his team's boat

The comedian, 27, had embarked on the swim over the weekend to raise money for a spinal cord charity, but was forced to stop halfway through after French authorities threatened to intercept his team’s boat 

‘So they pulled the pin and told us we needed to get out, and if we didn’t, they’d intercept our boat,’ he said, explaining there would be dire consequences including a court case and ‘huge fines’ if they refused.

He later admitted: ‘If I am going to do it again, I am going to do it quietly and not tell anyone. People have pledged money and donated money and then you just feel like a bit of a fraud at the end of it. But it’s something that was out of my control.’ 

Co-host Carrie Bickmore assured Tommy he had nothing to be ashamed of, and that it was admirable he put his ‘body on the line for an incredible cause’. 

'A lot of people donated money, which is going to a great cause, and we didn't finish. And if you don't think it's embarrassing... we even got world record T-shirts with our names on them, and where are we going to wear them?' he said on The Project on Monday

‘A lot of people donated money, which is going to a great cause, and we didn’t finish. And if you don’t think it’s embarrassing… we even got world record T-shirts with our names on them, and where are we going to wear them?’ he said on The Project on Monday

Tommy is pictured with a fellow swimmer (left) after qualifying for the UK-to-Belgium swim

Tommy is pictured with a fellow swimmer (left) after qualifying for the UK-to-Belgium swim

Unfortunately, the swim would end in disaster after French authorities prevented Tommy and his crew from entering French waters after they had completed 53km of their journey

Unfortunately, the swim would end in disaster after French authorities prevented Tommy and his crew from entering French waters after they had completed 53km of their journey

Tommy qualified for the world-first swim relay event back in May. 

He shared the news to Instagram at the time, writing: ‘Four hours and 10.9 kilometres later and this breathless idiot has officially qualified for the 1st ever UK to Belgium swim!’ 

Unfortunately, the swim would end in disaster after French authorities prevented Tommy and his crew from entering French waters after they had completed 53km of their journey. 

‘I’ve been give strict instructions not to go too hard and call the French ‘d**kheads… but I will call them w**kers, which I believe is a French word,’ the comedian said of the incident during The Sunday Project this weekend. 

He shared the news to Instagram at the time, writing: 'Four hours and 10.9 kilometres later and this breathless idiot has officially qualified for the 1st ever UK to Belgium swim!'

He shared the news to Instagram at the time, writing: ‘Four hours and 10.9 kilometres later and this breathless idiot has officially qualified for the 1st ever UK to Belgium swim!’ 

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