Tuesday 20 February 2018

Host The Week is axed by Channel 4

The broadcaster said it was “brave enough to take risks”.

Host The Week (Channel 4)
Host The Week (Channel 4)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Channel 4 has axed TV show Host The Week after Scarlett Moffatt’s presenting stint was slammed as “unwatchable”.

The unscripted and unrehearsed entertainment show made its debut last week with Moffatt taking part in a number of sketches.

But the show only attracted 470,000 viewers and was criticised as “unwatchable” by parts of the audience.

Host The Week (Channel 4)

Comedian Jack Whitehall had signed up to host the second episode, but a Channel 4 spokeswoman said this had now been cancelled.

“We’re brave enough to take risks with innovative programme ideas but also to acknowledge they don’t all work and move on,” she said.

Ex-Gogglebox and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Moffatt met her childhood crush, Blue singer Duncan James, when she hosted the show and was joined by her parents.

Host The Week (Channel 4)

She also took part in a sketch as a Channel 4 News presenter, meeting Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

But viewers – including Rory Bremner – were unimpressed.

“Really, C4? Really? If we want to see a well known woman struggle with no script, no rehearsal and no idea, we watch the news”, Bremner wrote.

“Though Scarlett is undeniably more likeable. Luckily.”

— Rory Bremner (@rorybremner) June 22, 2017

— Andy Harding (@itsAPH) June 22, 2017

It comes after ITV’s new format The Nightly Show got off to a wobbly start and attracted just one million viewers for its final episode.

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