Noel Edmonds has pulled out of hosting a new primetime BBC show, according to reports, after he didn't deem the project exciting enough.
The veteran broadcaster was in line to present 'The Bodyguard', intended to replace 'Total Wipeout' in the Saturday tea-time slot, and featuring members of the public becoming celebrity bodyguards and getting wacky tasks to complete.
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But the plans have now reportedly been canned by former BBC star Edmonds.
An insider told The Sun that 'the BBC and producers Endemol were really keen for Noel to do the show'.
“But he filmed the pilot on the basis that he would only do a full series if he thought it was amazing, different and exciting - and he didn’t feel that,” the source added.
It would have been the first time Noel Edmonds had appeared on the channel since his show 'Noel's House Party' was axed in 1999 after falling ratings. [The Sun]
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