Jack Whitehall has revealed he is leaving A League Of Their Own after six years to pursue a career across the pond.
The London-born comedian had been a regular fixture on the sports comedy Sky1 series since 2012, alongside cricketer Freddie Flintoff, former footballer Jamie Redknapp and funnyman James Corden.
In an interview with The Sun, Whitehall said: “I’ve actually made the decision to leave A League Of Their Own.
“I’m leaving because my schedule is very busy. I love doing it but I can’t do it for ever and I want to explore new opportunities — I would like to do more in America.”
The 29-year-old, who has starred on screen in Fresh Meat and Bad Education, will be the second ALOTO star to try crack the US, following Corden’s successful move across the Atlantic to present The Late Late Show.
He continued: “It was very sad sitting down Jamie and Freddie and telling James on the phone. Jamie wept.
“I’m the b*****d breaking up the friends. But I think they still like me. I think we’re all still pals, it will probably help going forward with our friendship as we won’t see each other all the time.
Whitehall added that he has been “filming a load of other things and has new opportunities coming up”.
He concluded: “I just felt like it was the right time to leave.
“I’m going to miss it I’m sure. Come the summer I might have to pay someone to come round and put me in a spandex bodysuit and hang me in a harness and throw some balls at me just to make it feel like I’m still doing the show.”
Fellow comedian Romesh Ranganathan will be taking the reins from Whitehall, having appeared multiple times on the show throughout the years.