Gladiators Ulrika Jonsson says sex-mad cast were jumping from bed to bed’

Former Gladiators presenter Ulrika Jonsson says the show’s sex-mad cast were constantly “jumping from bed to bed” in their hotel.

The host of the former ITV series, which saw contestants compete against beefed-up gladiators in a series of physical challenges, said the hotel even banned fake tan as bed sheets were ruined.

The 54-year-old, who briefly dated gladiator James Crossley (Hunter), also recounted a female star being reprimanded for having a string of visitors to her room in one night.

Speaking on Vicky Pattison’s The Secret To podcast, the mother-of-four said: “In the first year that we did it, they took over a whole floor in the hotel.

“There was loads of jumping from bed to bed."

She went on: “There was one story about a female gladiator, because somebody picked her up on it – she shall remain nameless.

“Someone said, ‘For f*** sake, you had five people coming and going in your room last night’.

“She went, ‘No, no… four’. At that point, maybe just stop at no.”

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Following the raunchy romps, Swedish-born model Ulrika added: “The hotel had to ask them to stop ­using fake tan because it would just ruin the sheets.

“A nice little collage of rolling around pecs.

“Can you imagine? Bloody hell.”

Gladiators debuted on ITV in 1992 as an adaptation of the hit US show American Gladiators.

It came to an end 21 years ago, in January 2000, after introducing the likes of Wolf, Jet, Lightning and Cobra to millions of viewers.

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The hit show ran for eight series on ITV before it moved to Sky in 2008 for two revived series.

It spawned a number of international spin-offs, including International Gladiators (with competitors from the UK, US, Finland and Russia), The Ashes (between UK and Australian contestants) and Springbok Challenge (between South African and UK contestants).

When the show returned in 2008, a new batch of Gladiators took to the arena, though the revived series was cancelled after two series.

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