Geordie Shore star's tips for Ridges
Jay Gardner hopes Jaime and Sally keep it realBRIDGET JONES
The star of Geordie Shore says Sally and Jaime Ridge should just be themselves in their new reality show if they want to win over fans.
Jay Gardner knows a thing or two about living the reality TV lifestyle and thinks the Ridges need to play it cool if they want their show to be a success.
"Be yourself. Just do what you would normally do, don't act up to the cameras, be yourself and people will love you for it. People grow to people when you are yourself. And try to be funny on it and make it as entertaining as possible."
Gardner has been in Auckland for a whirlwind 48-hour press tour. And while the Newcastle native might have been greeted with winter weather and a quiet Monday night in town, he's liked what he's seen.
"I want to spend more time back in New Zealand...I want to come back at the end of August, to come back and do my own thing.
"I've heard it absolutely massive out here, so it would be nice to come back, see a bit more of New Zealand, see people, go to clubs."
Gardner is known for his love of ladies, sunbeds and partying: three things he gets to indulge in on Geordie Shore.
The reality TV show, based around a group of 20-somethings from the north of England, follows their hard-living, hard-loving way of life and has made them instant celebrities.
But earlier this week, Gardner announced he was quitting the programme that has made him a star, all because of love.
He has been dating someone named Chloe off-camera for some time, and says he realised he couldn't have the show and a girlfriend.
"Obviously Chloe does have something to do with why I'm leaving - I can't be going out partying six, seven nights a week - but for me as well, I want to do other things."
Gardner is now in talks for his own show, but when he talks about what goes on during Geordie Shore filming, you wonder why anyone would do it.
"It's a killer. We film 19-hour days. We get to sleep at about 4am, then we're up training at the gym at 8am. We're training pissed, still. The first three weeks we can do it, the fourth week is really hard then the fifth week we are slacking off.
"I'm not complaining, but it does tire you."
The super-tanned, super-toned Gardner said the cast had no idea how big the show would be, but he thinks the reason people love it is simple: they are watching people just like them.
"We didn't know how big the show was going to be back home, let alone that it would go on air in New Zealand, across the other side of the world.
"After the first series, we were like 'Uh oh, what do we actually expect because we are entering the unknown'. Is it going to be good, is it going to be bad, are people going to watch it, are people going to warm to it, are they going to hate it?
"But it's turned out that a lot of people love it, and they relate to it because a lot of young people do what we do. They go out, get smashed, they do what we do; they just don't get filmed doing it."
But all good things must come to an end, and like all quality telly, Gardner's exit from the show is far from quiet.
"I can't really tell you, but it is good. It's a shock to everyone. It's the biggest shocked response to something on Geordie Shore. I didn't expect the reaction that I got."
Geordie Shore: Chaos in Cancun screens Tuesdays at 8.30pm on MTV
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