He attracted media attention by being the first Premier League footballer and the third professional footballer to appear as a contestant on Countdown, after Series 59 finalist Neil MacKenzie and Series 61 contestant Adrian Coote.
In December 2014 Carlisle was seriously injured after being involved in a collision with a lorry and was reported to be "fighting for his life". It was later determined that he was drink-driving and it was a suicide attempt. In May 2015, he was banned from driving for three years; his wife, who was involved in the same accident, had divorced him just a few months earlier. In view of his conviction, it is very unlikely he will ever return to either of the two shows.
On 15 September 2017, he was reported to be missing in Manchester but was later found safe on the evening of the same day in Liverpool.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4986||24/02/2010||P||Adam Guest||55 – 89||Clarke Carlisle||Jenni Falconer||Susie Dent||115|
|4987||25/02/2010||P||Clarke Carlisle||101 – 78||Alexander Johnston||Jenni Falconer||Susie Dent||120|
|4988||26/02/2010||P||Clarke Carlisle||86 – 89||Raheel Mirza||Jenni Falconer||Susie Dent||151|
|8-10 MR||24/08/2012||S||Sean Lock,|
Rachel Riley &
|50 – 41||Jon Richardson|
& Joe Wilkinson
|David O'Doherty||Susie Dent||83|