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Richard Arnold recalls interview with Mariah Carey where she refused to sit down

He’s been part of the furniture of breakfast TV for the past 25 years, so it’s only natural that Good Morning Britain’s Entertainment Editor Richard Arnold has countless amazing showbiz stories to tell.

To celebrate his amazing milestone, Richard, 52, joined OK! for an exclusive shoot and interview, as he took a trip down memory lane to remember some of his biggest 'pinch me' moments.

Asked which stars have provided the biggest standout interviews of his career, Richard named the likes of Canadian crooner Michael Buble, as well as music legend Cher and, of course, US singer Mariah Carey.

Revealing all about his VIP encounter with the hitmaker, Richard explained: “Our very own Mr Ben Shephard had interviewed her before and told me, ‘She loves to be interviewed on a chaise longue.’”

He continued: “Then my producer said, ‘Mariah’s people have said Mariah will be standing.’ When I went into the room – with so many lights, it was like the stairway to heaven – I understood why.”

The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant went on to reveal: “She was standing because she was in this fabulous fully-boned frock. She wouldn’t have been able to sit!”

Yet despite his fears about how the interview would go, Richard said it was a genuine treat from beginning to end.

He explained: “It turned out to be great. She loves the British accent and there wasn’t even a hint of a diva about her.”

Of course, this isn’t Richard’s only brush with a huge US star, as he went on to recall one of the few times he’s been starstruck in the presence of one of his idols.

Richard revealed: “[I was] interviewing Barbra Streisand. She was already in position and everything was lit.

“I sat down and we had a little bit of a preamble about her album and I made it quite clear I was a fan. Then we started the interview, but halfway through she said, ‘Stop!’ I thought, ‘Oh goodness me, this has never happened before.’”

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“She then picked up a tissue, leant forward and mopped my top lip because the lights had made me break out into a bit of a sweat.”

Continuing to relive the moment, Richard said: “All she said was, ‘We’ve got to take care of each other, right?’ I felt like I’d been anointed by Barbra.”

With moments like this, it’s hardly surprising that Richard loves every second of being on the air and part of Good Morning Britain.

And while he recently joked with colleagues Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard about retiring, in reality Richard said he’s simply taking every week as it comes – knowing no two days will ever be the same.

He told us: “I will take every moment on the show as a stay of execution. I’m well looked after and if people weren’t still tuning in, I wouldn’t be there, so I’m grateful for that.”

“As someone in the full-thrust of middle youth, I can honestly say I’m quite happy doing a job on a daily basis that I genuinely love. It’s a sheer joy.”

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