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Ronnie O’Sullivan has admitted that snooker is now an add-on for him
The snooker player says he finds the sport too "insular" nowadays and, after dabbling in both television and writing, he now knows what makes him "happier".
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the 41-year-old opened up about his move to the small screen, his new show Ronnie O’Sullivan's American Hustle and seeing snooker as simply an "add-on".
"I don’t just want to be a snooker player anymore. It numbs you down and it is a bit too insular for me," Ronnie commented.
He continued: "I’ve become a much happier person now I’ve got other things to do, it’s allowed me to enjoy snooker and taken a little bit of the pressure off."
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I’ve become a much happier person now I’ve got other things to do!
Although he obviously still likes to win, Ronnie admits it is "not the be all and end all" and he is not content with putting all his eggs in one basket.
"I’d like to balance it with all the stuff that I’m doing, which really makes me happy and snooker becomes a little bit of an add-on," he went on.
"I don’t think I’m ready for reality TV just yet, we’re already talking about doing other shows… I’m sure one day it might be okay for me to do that."
Alongside his friend, and sport pundit, Matt Smith, Ronnie visits New York City, Chicago, Memphis and San Francisco for the History channel, to seek out local pool shark legends to see if can he beat them at their own game.
Asked what he thought when he was first pitched the idea, Ronnie said: "I wasn’t really sure. I’d never done anything like that in my life before, so I was a bit worried.
"I thought, maybe I’m alright on a snooker table but what am I going to be like when I come out of that comfort zone?"
In one clip from the upcoming four-part series, Ronnie falls to the floor while trying virtual reality pool.
He laughed: "That was quite embarrassing but everyone seemed to love it… it didn’t make me look too clever.
"I’m quite lucky, my fingers and arms survived… that could've been a tragedy. You’ve got to laugh!"
Ronnie O’Sullivan’s American Hustle begins tonight at 10pm on History, and is repeated Sundays at 9pm.