Stephen Hendry said he was “fined” by pool bosses after he had to “withdraw” from events for his appearance in The Masked Singer.
The seven-time world champion, 54, appeared on Saturday as the character of Rubbish on the ITV hit song show.
When asked by the PA news agency what he told people he was doing while keeping his identity private, old world number one replied, “I have wildcards to play at some pool events and I’ve actually withdrawn from a few events and won money by the WPBSA (World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association) for doing so. was sentenced.
“And I couldn’t tell them why because this recording was going on and frankly I couldn’t tell them why I pulled out… I just said, ‘Look, I can’t play in the tournament.’
“I mean, yes, it was very, very, very strange… you’re dying to tell people what you’re doing, but you can’t.”
WPBSA, whose commercial arm is the World Snooker Tour, administers the rules that govern pool tournaments. If a player withdraws from a tournament after the draw has been drawn, a penalty is automatically imposed by WST. All money from the fines goes to Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home, the organization’s official charity.
Hendry said he agreed to appear on The Masked Singer because he “loved” the show and would remain anonymous during performances.
Scot added: “I’ve been asked to do other reality shows, but what really appealed to me on this show was that you were obviously in a costume. No one can see you.
“And frankly, there’s (no) stress – it’s not a singing competition, it’s just a show where you put on this costume and have fun.”
She said she only did karaoke while she was in China before she went on the show, so she hired her singing coach Mark De-Lisser to help her with the sound.
Hendry said: “(Mark) took it out on me, I didn’t know he was there, so it was really amazing and surprising to find him… I’m not saying I’m a great singer but I’m like, ‘I’m better than I thought.
“He texted me after Saturday night and joked that his Christmas album was on the way, but yeah, it’s just a joke. Look, this isn’t going to happen.”
The episode that unmasked Hendry attracted an average of 4.3 million viewers, according to nightly ratings.
It peaked with 5.1 million viewers, according to ITV.
After the reveal, Hendry said that after Lonnie Donegan’s performance of My Old Man’s A Dustman and the Kaiser Chiefs classic piece Ruby, his phone was “going crazy” with messages from family and friends.
“The central theme was ‘I can’t believe you did this. “I can’t believe you did this and I can’t believe you kept quiet.”
“My son texted me and said, ‘I watch the show every week. I love it. I can’t believe you did this’.
“He had no idea, so the feedback and reaction was incredible.”
:: The Masked Singer returns on ITV and ITVX on Saturday at 19:00.