Chris Packham cancels all TV work after feeling ‘burnt out’ as he announces surprising new career change
- The wildlife presenter, 61, is taking a break for the first time in four decades
- He plans to spend the start of 2023 creating abstract sculptures of animals
- The BBC host was the target of a car firebombing in the autumn of 2020
Chris Packham has cancelled all TV work for the next three months after feeling completely ‘burnt out’.
The host of BBC‘s flagship Autumnwatch, Winterwatch and Springwatch shows is taking a break from cameras for the first time in nearly four decades after saying he feels like he’s been constantly running on a treadmill.
The 61-year-old wildlife presenter is now embarking on a surprising career change, using the start of the year to create abstract sculptures of animals.
Chris Packham has cancelled all TV work for the next three months after feeling completely ‘burnt out’
‘I’m not going to buy a Ferrari and run off with a 20-year-old,’ he told The Mirror.
‘I’ve never taken three months off work. Never. I can barely sleep I am so excited. I might have to ban [partner] Charlotte from the studios.’
Of his new art project, Chris added: ‘I don’t want any interference or disruption, I want to get on with it. It will be good to clear my head and focus on something completely different.’
Chris has had a tough time in recent years. Back in September, the presenter spoke about how he believed his stance on foxhunting is what caused him to be targeted in a firebombing in autumn 2020.
Time out: The wildlife presenter is taking a break from the cameras for the first time in nearly four decades (pictured with Michaela Strachan and Gillian Burke)
The naturalist alleged the torching of a Land Rover Discovery was a ‘hit job’ likely carried out by a highly sophisticated gang who had ‘clearly done it before.’
He said attacks on his property are ‘more common when fox season starts’ because he openly calls for an end to the ‘unnecessary cruelty’ of the sport.
The firebombing was the latest in a string of attacks seemingly targeting the famed conservationist and his family. Chris has received death threats and his partner, Charlotte Corney, has been trolled.
‘The thing is, that all this stuff becomes more common when the fox hunting season starts because I am speaking out about it,’ he previously told The Mirror.
‘There was no ambiguity about the fact that it was done by people who had clearly done it before and knew exactly what they were doing.’
The wildlife expert noted, however, that authorities are ‘hopeful’ someone will come forward with information about the attack.
He added: ‘They are hopeful that at some point in the next year someone will grass them up.’
However, the BBC star has no intention to stop advocating for an end to the sport.
‘It has to come to an end. It’s one of my life’s missions,’ he explained. ‘We need to put an end that unnecessary cruelty.
‘We’re making progress and again, that is making life difficult because they don’t like losing. The aggro always begins as soon as the fox hunting starts.’
Career: Chris says this is the first time in his TV career he has taken a break (pictured filming The Really Wild Show which ran from 1986 to 1995)