We’ve all had our fair share of awkward first dates. For Griff, on series 2 of First Dates Hotel, that concept was taken to a whole new level.
During the fourth episode of the hit Channel 4 reality TV dating show, Griff was paired with a blonde haired beauty called Penny. Yeah, Griff and Penny, it wasn’t exactly a match made in heaven from the start.
The 26-year-old chicken farmer got suited and booted in his best open-collared white shirt for his first ever date.
But, like every first ever date history, it didn’t run smoothly.
Griff was visibly nervous and blundered through the date conversation ticking the full checklist of things not to say on a first date, including an explanation on how the only ‘sort of relationship’ he has had was with a 42-year-old.
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Viewers remained intrigued by Griff’s unusual accent, and he put it on full display with a hilariously honest piece-to-camera.
He said: “I do wonder why I’m single at this age. Is it because of my nasal-y voice? Maybe. Is it due to poor technical performance in the bedroom? We can’t rule that out.”
Twitter was in awe with the witty farmer as he continued to dig his own grave, admitting to a string of one night stands in true red-faced fashion.
griff and penny's date is without doubt the hardest thing I've ever tried to watch bless him #FirstDatesHotel
— Jamie Roberts (@JamieRob9) January 29, 2018
Oh Griff!! I can't watch! Poor poor guy! #FirstDatesHotel
— Kate (@katykoos) January 29, 2018
— rs (@scootylarooty) January 29, 2018
Griff put all chances of a second date well and truly to bed when he tried to save the day by asking when he could meet Penny’s parents.
It just wasn’t Griff’s night, as his date responded:
“They split up when I was very young and my mother passed away.”
The affair was pretty tense to watch from here on in, let alone for poor Griff on his first ever date.
Finally, the night ended for Griff when he explained the heartbreaking story of how he was born half deaf and grew up with a speech impediment, and thus the accent.
He said: “This is the voice she [the speech therapist] decided to give me. Because I had it from a young age I couldn’t communicate properly. The only people I could communicate with for a few years were my close family.”
When Griff was in school and wished to say anything, teachers would they have to get his older brother to translate. And failing that, they would ring his mum.
Griff finished by saying: “Yeah, I was a bit of an odd child should we say.”
We say long live Griff, the First Dates Hotel hero.
My heart is melting for Griff on First Dates Hotel 😩❤️
— Caitlin Whalley (@CaitWhalley) January 29, 2018
Theres a little bit of Griff in all of us #FirstDatesHotel
— Nick Aumonier (@NickAumonier) January 29, 2018
— Denise Watson (@SportyNeesy) January 29, 2018