Amstell lands Buzzcocks gig

Simon to be pop quiz's permanent host

Simon Amstell is to be the new host of Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Chortle can reveal.

The stand-up and former Popworld presenter will take over permanently from Mark Lamarr when the series returns to BBC Two later this year.

Amstell guest hosted an episode in March, after Lamarr decided he wanted to take a break from the pop quiz after nine years in the chair.

Now the BBC is set to announce that Amstell, who is currently performing in Edinburgh, will take over permanently.

He said: ‘I hope I can be the one exception to the universal, exceptionless rule that when a new host takes over an old show it is a horrible embarrassing disaster. It's going to be great! Woo!"

Bill Bailey and Phill Jupitus will continue in their roles of team captains when the show returns.


Published: 22 Aug 2006

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