Frank Skinner 'lost millions' during credit crunch
Tim Clark24 June 2010
Frank Skinner has admitted that he has lost millions due to the financial crisis.
The comedian, who last year returned to the live scene with a variety show Credit Crunch Cabaret, had invested a lot of his earnings in AIG, which almost collapsed during and needed a bailout by the U.S. government.
"The first night I thought I had lost it all, I went home and I said to my girlfriend, 'look, a bit of bad news, I think I might be broke' and she said, 'You know we'll be alright. You can still get work. You can go back and do the clubs, we can move to a smaller place.'
"And we actually practically dealt with it quite well. I never really had the big panic about it which I find now very reassuring."
However Skinner, who was speaking on the Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs said that if anything, the loss has made him more hungry to return to the limelight: "It also gave me my hunger back, I think. It made me think now I've got to get back out there and do it. If anything put the mojo back in me it was the idea that I might not have any money left."
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