Jeremy Vine has been revealed as the new host for Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, after Matthew Wright quit the show.
Only last month did Matthew, 52, shock viewers when he declared that he was stepping away from the show he’d presented for 18 years.
He initially teased his followers on Twitter by saying there was a ‘big announcement’ coming up, but didn’t elaborate until an official statement came out from himself and Channel 5: ‘‘After almost 18 glorious years on Channel 5 and the show flying high in the ratings, I feel it’s time to move and try my hand at something new.’
Channel 5’s Director of Programmes, Ben Frow, offered a big thank you to him in the wake of the news: ‘We would like to thank Matthew for his passion, hard work and enthusiasm over the last 18 years and for making the show what it is today. He will be sorely missed and we wish him all the very best for the future.’
But rather than the show cease to exist, it appears BBC’s Jeremy Vine will be assuming hosting duties from September.
The show’s official Twitter account shared the news of Vine, 53, taking over.
‘We’re delighted to announce that award-winning TV and radio broadcaster @theJeremyVine will be joining the show as our new presenter in September!’ their tweet read.
We're delighted to announce that award-winning TV and radio broadcaster @theJeremyVine will be joining the show as our new presenter in September!
— The Wright Stuff (@5WrightStuff) June 11, 2018
Vine is known for presenting BBC shows such as Points of View, Eggheads, and Panorama and he also presents the graphic sections for all of the BBC election specials – including the recent broadcast for the EU Referendum.
‘Matthew Wright has built a brilliant show that’s a big part of the British TV landscape,’ Vine said.
‘I’m delighted to be carrying on all the conversations he has started, with all the guests he’s made me feel I know over the years.
‘Radio 2 has a beautiful editorial overlap with the serious but accessible agenda of this show.
‘I am proud to be Channel 5’s choice to front it.’
Frow also spoke about Vine’s appointment to The Wright Stuff, describing him as a worthy successor: ‘Jeremy Vine is a brilliant broadcaster whose supreme ability to make challenging stories accessible to a wider audience, not to mention his intellect, energy, and wit, makes him the perfect choice to present our daily current affairs show.
‘Jeremy joins the likes of Michael Palin, Michael Portillo, Bettany Hughes, Sian Williams, and BAFTA-winning Jane McDonald on the channel.
‘This high calibre of talent across our news, documentary, current affairs, and factual output demonstrates the evolution of the Channel 5 content slate.’
Catch The Wright Stuff each weekday, from 9.15am, on Channel 5.