Comedian and actor Johnny Vegas is to guest host Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch alongside Simon Rimmer, while Tim Lovejoy is on holiday.

Johnny Vegas in ITV's Benidorm

Viewers are promised a show full of Vegas’ trademark humour alongside all the usual Sunday servings of cookery, celebrity guests and music. The comedy star who has also featured in the long running PG Tips adverts and as a regular on BBC Two spoof game show Shooting Stars says he is ‘chuffed’ to take on the co-host role for Channel 4.

“As a former guest, genuine fan and regular pest of Sunday Brunch via twitter, I’m chuffed to be asked to co-host with Simon whilst Tim heads off to Glastonbury to ‘break in his new wellies’. The lads have a great synergy, but even the strongest of relationships can benefit from time apart. I’ve sensed for a while now that Simon has been wanting to spend time with other people. I mean, look at how he behaved with fellow chef Michael Caine, he was practically throwing himself at him! Can you blame Tim for running off to a music festival to drown his sorrows in organic cider?” – Johnny Vegas

Sunday Brunch began in 2012 on Channel 4 having previously aired as Something for the Weekend on BBC Two. The beeb axed the show due to ‘budget cuts’ after a seven year run. The series, which broadcasts live from London, mixes cookery with music and celebrity guests across a three hour slot.

“Now I don’t want the production team to feel like I’m driving a wedge between the boys, far from it. I’m just hoping that the sight of myself and Simon bonding with each other, and our guests, with us laughing away like we’ve been co-presenting for years, and his eyes twinkling with a new found love for job in hand, will bring Tim to his senses and back home to the Sunday Brunch studio where he belongs. I think this is a master stroke of Channel 4. They’ve not run the risk of letting me loose with three hours of live TV to wreck Tim and Simon’s relationship, they’ve brought me in to save it.” – Johnny Vegas

Johnny Vegas and Simon Rimmer host Sunday Brunch this coming weekend, Sunday June 28th on Channel 4. Johnny is best known in recent times for his role as Geoff “The Oracle” Maltby in popular ITV comedy Benidorm, which recently aired its seventh series, the eighth recently finished production and will air later this year on ITV.

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