Joe Wilkinson ‘didn’t feel comfortable’ asking Katherine Ryan if she was pregnant

Joe Wilkinson “didn’t feel comfortable” asking Katherine Ryan whether she was pregnant.

The 48-year-old comedian worked with the ‘Taskmaster’ star, 40, on their new Channel 4 show ‘Joe and Katherine’s Bargain Holidays’ - in which the pair travelled around the UK and Europe looking for getaways that offered the best value - and he joked he “wanted to lift up her skirt to make sure” she was definitely expecting during her pregnancy with baby Fenna, who was born December last year,

During an interview with the Metro newspaper's 60 Seconds column, he said: “I didn’t feel comfortable asking if she was definitely pregnant.

“I want to lift up her skirt to make sure. It turns out she did have a baby though.”

‘The Cockfields’ star admitted he was “quite in love” with his co-star and called her a “wonderful travel companion”.

He added: “I’m quite in love with Katherine. I’ve known her for years - she’s brilliant fun, a wonderful travel companion and she has a brilliant outlook on life.”

Joe was then quizzed on which locations he explored for the programme were his favourite, to which he insisted it was “hard to say”.

He explained: “I liked that we did three trips in the UK and three around Europe. It reminded me how lucky we are in the UK.

“I love Norfolk and the parts of South Wales and Northern Ireland we went to.

“I was blown away by what’s on our doorstep - it makes me want to do more on our little isle.”

Joe also reflected on his ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ co-star Sean Lock, who passed away aged 58 in 2021 from cancer.

He said: “Sean was my hero and my idol before I met him.

“It blew me away that I hit it off with Sean. He was very kind with his support of me. He made everyone better, because you had this standard set that you were never going to reach, because Sean was a one-off and the best comedy brain I was ever around.

“You had this bar set so high, so it dragged everyone up.”