Davina McCall has said she is taking a break from Twitter while she hosts The Nightly Show, telling viewers: “If you hate it… fill yer boots!”
The TV presenter is the latest celebrity to front ITV’s topical entertainment programme, which has struggled in the ratings and has been slated as “cringe-worthy” and “drivel”.
Davina pre-empted any negativity by posting a message on her Twitter account.
I hosting the nightly show all week x I'm off twitter till Saturday so if you hate it …. fill yer boots ! 👍🏼😉
— Davina McCall (@ThisisDavina) March 13, 2017
The show is attempting to replicate the late-night programmes popular in the US and will run for eight weeks, hosted by a series of celebrities.
Previous hosts David Walliams and John Bishop received their share of stick on social media for their stints, and Davina’s efforts fell just as flat.
— Bobby Randolf (@economist_the) March 13, 2017
— Andy Frost (@afrostdesigns) March 13, 2017
This show just gets more dire each night. Who on earth thought of this format? It just does not work – on any level #thenightlyshow
— Stephen R Jones (@Meliden) March 13, 2017
Even those impressed by McCall’s hosting skills felt she could not save the series, with some calling for it to be “put out of its misery”.
#thenightlyshow Sorry Davina, even you can't save this turkey
— Jennefer Brissenden (@Jennybriss) March 13, 2017
I like our Davina. But nobody is turning around the public perception on this dross. #TheNightlyShow
— ReflektorBible (@_LucasMichael_) March 13, 2017
“Someone put the lame #TheNightlyShow out of its misery,” begged another.