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.
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||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4986||24/02/2010||P||Adam Guest||55 - 89||Clarke Carlisle||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Jenni Falconer||Susie Dent||115|
|4987||25/02/2010||P||Clarke Carlisle||101 - 78||Alexander Johnston||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Jenni Falconer||Susie Dent||120|
|4988||26/02/2010||P||Clarke Carlisle||86 - 89||Raheel Mirza||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Jenni Falconer||Susie Dent||151|
Rachel Riley &
|50 - 41||Jon Richardson
& Joe Wilkinson
|Jimmy Carr||Rachel Riley||Joe Wilkinson||David O'Doherty||Susie Dent||83|