Joel Dommett out of Comic Relief after contracting COVID-19

Joel Dommett has COVID-19 credit:Bang Showbiz
Joel Dommett has COVID-19 credit:Bang Showbiz

Joel Dommett has had to pull out of Comic Relief after contracting COVID-19.

The 'Masked Singer' host had been due to present 'The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon' as part of the BBC's Red Nose Day fundraising show on Friday (18.03.22) with AJ Odudu, but he'll now be isolating and tuning in from home to watch his replacement, Vernon Kay, in action.

He announced on Instagram: "Super annoyed to report that I have the vid.This unfortunately means I have to pull out of hosting @comicrelief.

"My incredible replacement is the better looking, more talented @vernonkay who is ace.

"I’ll be watching from home donating loads of money like everyone else!(sic)"

Vernon urged Joel to "join in the fun" from his lounge at home.

He wrote on Instagram: "Covid has caught Captain Fantastic @joeldommett so I’m gonna be trying to fill his size 11.5shoes🤪 on Fridays @comicrelief Prizeathon with @ajodudu.

"Get the Vits in Joel kick it’s ass and join in the fun from the sofa?(You could win a CAR!)(sic)"

As well as taking Joel's place in the presenting line-up, Vernon is also set to be the interviewer in David Walliams and Matt Lucas' new 'Rock Profile' skit.

The cult sketch show previously aired from 1999 to 2009 and saw the comedy duo play musicians in spoof interviews, and in the new segment the pair are to play the likes of Adele, Post Malone, Lady Gaga, Lewis Capaldi and many more.

Matt said: "It’s been really fun giving the 'Rock Profile' treatment to a host of stars who weren’t even twinkles in our eyes when we first did the show nearly 25 years ago."

David added: "It has been a blast working with Matt on 'Rock Profile' again. I can’t wait for everyone to see our brand-new characters."

Tune in from 7pm on Friday 18 March on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. For the latest Red Nose Day news and to find out how to donate, visit

Red Nose Day 2022 will be hosted by Alesha Dixon, David Tennant, Zoe Ball, Paddy McGuinness and Sir Lenny Henry.